dressmaking · Keepsakes and accessories · Vintage style

My Party Dress Plans

Hello and thanks for checking out my blog!

I wanted to write a quick post about my next sewing project because I’m just so excited about it. If you read my Autumn/Winter Sewing Plans post you may remember me talking about my need for more practical everyday pieces. Well that has all gone out of the window because I have a Christmas party to go to – hooray! Here are a few more details about the event.


I was invited along by one of my friends who has booked a table for ten. It’s all girls so it should be a super fun and glamorous night, hopefully with delicious food too!

As you can see the dress code is formal/cocktail so I hope to create something extra special with a vintage look. If this isn’t the perfect opportunity to try out the Sew Over It Elsie Dress I don’t know what is. I bought this pattern shortly after it came out as I loved some of the versions the pattern testers created, especially Abi’s from the Crafty Pinup.


I really like the full skirt, box pleats and the pretty shape of the neckline. But what about fabric? The pattern recommends a medium to heavyweight fabric such as brocade or stretch cotton. With Christmas coming, I don’t have much money to spare at the moment so I turned my attention to a role of fabric my Aunty Adele gave me a year ago. It is a beautiful rich olive green colour with an unusual pattern, which reminds me a little of Orla Kiely. I think it could look stunning as a dress but, as it’s an upolostry fabric, it’s quite heavy so I’m not sure how successful it will be. Below is a rather amateur drawing of how I imagine it looking.


I have recently started making some vintage style hair accessories and hope to make a matching one for the party. Here are a few pictures of some of the ones I have previously made, along with some ideas for the kind of materials I may use this time.



I plan to start making the dress tomorrow so watch this space. I will post plenty of pictures and a full pattern review when I have finished 🙂

Wish me luck!


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