It’s Party Dress Time!

Party Dress Time Cover

PROJECT: A drop hem party dress with princess seams and pockets. Hurray for pockets! The princess seams allow for a nice fit and easier adjustments at the waist if necessary and there’s lots of volume in the skirt which makes it feel extra party-time-tastic. And just in time for the NYE celebrations!

PATTERN: Vogue Pattern V9252

REASONS FOR MAKING: The very lovely Rachel and Kate of The Fold Line were good enough to pick my Kelly Anorak as a star make so I got to choose 2 patterns as a prize and this was one of them. And sure with Christmas coming up, why not make a party dress? Now I got this pattern a good few weeks ago but that didn’t stop me from only finishing it the night before my Christmas party! Nothing like a last minute panic to kick your ass into gear eh?

FABRICS:  Black and copper jacquard fabric for the main with a black satin lining for the bodice and pocket bags

TRIMS: Black invisible zip (22 inch) and 1 button

Party Dress V9252 back zip detail

HOW TO: There wasn’t a whole lot to making to this dress since it’s one of Vogue’s ‘Very Easy’ patterns so it was a quick make.

Party Dress V9252 front detail

The fabric I was using had a tricky pattern that I wanted to match where possible. I didn’t take this into account when I was buying it though so I was a bit tight on meterage. This meant that if I wanted to make sure that the motifs were correctly aligned down the centre front line, the centre back was the only  seam line I was able to pattern match properly.

I did make one little adjustment to the pattern. Instead of just lining the bodice using main pattern, I created a facing and lining. Just a personal preference.

Party Dress V9252 facing

Ta-Dah! Now pass me a Dingle Gin pronto!

Girl wearing black and copper handmade dress sewing with pocketsGirl wearing black and copper handmade dress sewing with pocketsParty Dress V9252 back

WHAT WENT WRONG: I made up a toile for the dress which came up pretty large so instead of re-doing the toile, I just took off a bit here and there and went straight into the real thing…turns out I took off too much here and there! But thankfully there was enough in the seam allowances for me to take it out a bit at the waist.

LESSONS LEARNED: So the rumours are true. Vogue patterns are pretty big! Next time I’ll try the size down instead of nipping and tucking. A finished garment measurement chart would be handy.

VERDICT: This dress has also been a bit of a practice run for something a little more special coming up in 2018 but my lips are sealed for now. I’ll be happier now that I’ve made it once and see that it is definitely a nice easy make. If using an easy sew fabric and without the hassle of pattern matching, you’d have this dress whipped up in just a few hours. But there are a lot of unstable seams in the skirt so that might be something to watch out for if using a less stable fabric like a crepe or a silk satin.

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4 thoughts on “It’s Party Dress Time!

  1. Thanks for your review on this pattern! I’m was going to buy it but between sizes! I’ll buy the lower sizes pattern now, thanks for the tip!

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