Every Day’s A Party Dress


I am participating in the sew along for Season 6 of Project Run & Play and the first week is the pattern remix challenge.

The inspiration pattern is The Party Dress pattern and tutorial by Lindsay at The Cottage Home.

I’ve actually already made a dress using this pattern – Hadley’s 1st birthday party dress.  Which was coincidentally, intended to be part of the sew along for Season 5’s remix week.  That didn’t happen, so I re-imagined the fabrics I had purchased and was so pleased with the result!

My remix of Lindsay’s pattern began with a women’s XL sweater I had purchased on one of my rare forays to the thrift store.  It’s a lightweight wool sweater so I pre-washed it so I could be sure it would go through the laundry without issue.  The fabric is from my stash – I think I had intended to make a nursing top for me but that didn’t happen.  I used the borders for the band at the bottom of the skirt and the sash.

I remixed the pattern by refashioning the adult sweater into the bodice, and by adding long sleeves.  It’s winter in Michigan, after all!  I also wanted a more every day dress – hence the title “Every Day’s a Party”.  I was able to use the existing neckline of the sweater, which included the ruffled placket. The skirt is the same length as the instructions, but I didn’t make it quite as full as I only had a yard and a half to work with.  Since I was using with the printed borders of the fabric, the band at the bottom is almost the same as given in the tutorial, but the sash is much narrower and again, shorter.  I sewed the sash onto the skirt where it meets the bodice to help stabilize the gathers.  I was sewing gathered woven to stretchy knit so it needed the additional support.

I asked Arden what her favorite part was and she said “the ruffle”.  Of course, it’s the one part of the dress for which I can’t take credit!

Now let’s see if I can keep up with the rest of the sew along…

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20 Responses to Every Day’s A Party Dress

  1. Dianna January 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM #

    Wow, I love that you used a sweater! It looks nice and cozy. Great job.

  2. Jessica Lemley January 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM #

    Really cute! The colors are fab. 🙂

  3. Suzanne Winter January 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM #

    I love the use of the sweater and the ruffle detail – it looks warm and comfy for winter

  4. Mae January 7, 2013 at 9:20 PM #

    This turned our very sweet & is a great remix to the pattern. Something i would have never thought of but looks great.

  5. Jessica G January 8, 2013 at 1:16 AM #

    great job!!

  6. Max of Max California ★ January 8, 2013 at 1:27 AM #

    This is so pretty. I love the fabric print!

  7. Rachel January 8, 2013 at 2:50 AM #

    Cute! Nice thrifting score on the sweater.

  8. The Cottage Mama January 8, 2013 at 2:24 PM #

    So pretty and I love the idea of using a sweater. Thanks so much for sharing this and it is perfect for those colder weather months!!

  9. Cranberry Morning January 8, 2013 at 8:59 PM #

    That is so sweet, and my daughter would have said the same thing when she was that age. 🙂

  10. Olga January 8, 2013 at 10:08 PM #

    Very pretty!

  11. Kilee Nickels January 10, 2013 at 3:24 AM #

    Totally cute! I love the fabric and that she can wear it so often! Great job!

    I’d love you to link up to What Kids Wore Wednesday this week!



  12. Diana - FreeStyleMama January 10, 2013 at 4:41 AM #

    So pretty!

  13. Simple Simon & Co January 11, 2013 at 5:11 AM #

    I love the everyday’s a party idea…and the dress is adorable and perfect for winter wear! Super cute.

  14. Ajaire January 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM #

    Long sleeved knit was the way to go! Really pretty colors and I love the ruffle detail in front too.

  15. Janice January 11, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

    Adorable! I love that the top is a remade sweater. Thanks for linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday!

  16. Scary January 13, 2013 at 4:24 AM #

    Love the cardigan. The ruffles are a sweet detail.

  17. Lenetta Carnes January 17, 2013 at 3:39 AM #

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  18. Shaffer Sisters February 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM #

    We featured you on our blog. Thanks for sewing along! http://shaffer-sisters.blogspot.com/2013/02/prp-sew-along-winter-2013.html
    With Love,

  19. Scrap Advocate November 26, 2013 at 2:51 AM #

    Hi, I really love the colours you chose. I am trying to follow the link and pattern but I am having some trouble. When I printed the pattern I noticed that the shoulders dont line up. One appears wider than the other. I also notice that the arms dont line up either. Do i need to cut one down to match the other? Did you have a similar issue too? Thanks for any response you can give.

    • Jenn AJennuineLife November 26, 2013 at 3:06 AM #

      It’s been some time, but I do think I remember there being a slight mismatch between the shoulders. I think they did line up pretty well across the seam line though. You should be able to just re-draw one or the other so they line up if you’re not working with fabric with stretch.

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