A Year of Dresses: Perfect Party Dress

You've seen if before, but how could I not revisit the Perfect Party Dress pattern in A Year of Dresses. It is such a classic dress that quite literally can work for every occasion.  I've shown you a couple all out versions throughout the year, but today I'm showing you simple.  I made this dress specifically to be suitable for everyday play, but of course perfect for other occasions too.

The Perfect Party Dress pattern includes sizes 2-10.  It features a classic length, fully lined bodice and wide sash and ties. The pattern also includes a tuxedo bib that is perfect for embellishing and a ruched hem ruffle for extra frills (those are the extras that I didn't use this time, though I love them). The pattern is a beginner / advanced beginner sewing level and includes options for either buttonhole or no-buttonhole closures in the back. The only little detail I did add is rick rack stitched to the hemline.

I do love how this dress looks with a cardigan, it's so classic and makes this dress even more versatile for every season.  Sweet Pea did indulge us and took off her sweater for two quick pictures so you can see the dress by itself and the bow in the back.

With that, I'm going to let the pictures do the rest of the talking.


If this pattern isn't already in your collection, it needs to be!  It is a staple with so many possibilities, you will make it over and over again.

Here's all your pattern details at a glance:

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