A few weeks ago I won some fabric from a Facebook competition run by Shelleymade, who designed and printed the fabric on Kona cotton through Spoonflower. I was really excited when it arrived as I had the perfect dress in mind, the Perfect Party Dress by Tie Dye Diva. A designer I had actually first seen on Shelley’s blog last year.
I love the classic colouring of this fabric, the Princess loves pink (of course) but sometimes it is just a bit much for me so this way we are both happy. The sweet wee birds keep the greys from making it look too mature for a three year old. I picked out the darker pink from the birds to make the sash and line the dress and picked up some white and clear flower buttons for the back.
I cut out the dress out late Monday night, started sewing last night and finished it today, I can’t really say how long it took exactly but about an hour and a half – two hours including cutting out. Skill-wise I would say this dress could be tackled by an advanced beginner as the step by step photos are very clear and easy to follow. Don’t let the gathering, lining and buttonholes scare you, the instructions walk you through the whole process.
One thing to be aware of when printing this pattern onto A4 (as we do here in NZ) is when taping the pattern together you will need to add a thin strip of paper to reach the required 14″ distance between asterisks. As long as the test square measures the required 1″ x 1″.
Jen has recently stated in her Facebook group that this is in the process of being updated to make it more user friendly for us A4 users. I must say this is the thing I love about using an Indie PDF pattern compared to one from the Big 4, they care about their customers and listen in order to provide a better product. The Big 4 have a great deal to learn!
The dress lives up to it’s title of the perfect party dress, it has classic lines with the ability to be ‘ruffled’ up if the wearer (or maker) desires. I chose to make the classic option without the bib or ruffles adding to the speed of the project.
If you are looking for a specific special occasion dress (Easter, Christmas, Weddings) or just a great dress to wear out to parties and town as we use to say when I was little, then this dress is for you. It is also a good choice for showing off some of the gorgeous border print fabrics that are available.
This version of the dress is available in sizes 2-10 and a baby and toddler party dress with similar lines is available for the under twos here.
Shelley’s fabric designs can be found here. Currently she is running a competition of a $50 voucher for Spoonflower with items made using her designs, it doesn’t close until 19th May so there is time to get your order in and make something.