Hey all!! It’s been a “little” while since I’ve blogged. 😉 But I’m back today to share a really great pattern!!
This is the Disco Party Dress, by Ainslee Fox Handmade.
This pattern is considered intermediate, and I would say that is accurate. It has some hand sewing, and it calls for either a button closure or zipper. Now, I’m normally the first person to choose button, or even shy away from a pattern because of even the WORD zipper. 😉 But I bit the bullet on this one, and went with the zipper. I am SO glad I did. I had never sewn a zipper into a dress, and this gave really great directions. I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought her method of installing the zipper was wonderful, very smooth.
The dress took me around 3 hours to finish, that was with hand sewing the lining down to skirt and zipper.
I wanted to try the pattern again, without any hand sewing. (I do enjoy hand sewing, but it isn’t always feasible for me…because I’m lazy) So, I made it again, and machine sewed the lining down, on the skirt and the zipper. I was please with this way as well, but I do think hand sewing gives it a much better look, with out the stitches showing and all.
|Dress made with NO hand stitching, please ignore the fact I haven’t top stitched the bodice yet. 😉|
Overall, I was so very pleased with this pattern. It was excellently written, had great pictures, I learned several new sewing tricks I wasn’t aware of, and it’s ADORABLE.
One thing that I loved was when printing out the pattern pieces, was several pieces were on their own piece of paper. Meaning I didn’t have to tape 12 pieces together because the tiny bodice was spread across 4 pieces of paper. Grr..I’m not a fan of that. So…I love the printing and cutting of this pattern, it went very quickly.
So, while this my be intermediate, I think an advanced beginner could nail it, no problem.
Great pattern, and can’t wait for more!!