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An ode to “The Party”- in the form of a dress

Added Jul 29, 2013

by alekat

Sydney, Australia






Have you ever seen the Peter Sellers movie “The Party”? It’s a slapstick comedy set at the party of a Hollywood director. What starts out as a sophisticated dinner party soon turns into an overblown rave with drunk waiters, pools turned into giant bubble baths and a painted baby elephant!
It’s rather fun and good for a giggle on a Saturday afternoon.

When making this dress I was reminded of this movie. The bright pink and purple would be perfect for a party dress! The little orange dots in the fabric go well with gold jewellery and overall it has a rather frivolous feel to it.
The pattern I used was Butterick 4774 this particular pattern has 7 options and is called “The wardrobe maker"
Like some kind of fashion daemon – it will create you a wardrobe of your 60s dreams! A jacket, coat, pants, shorts, top, dress and gown. Why you could make them in coordinating colours and always look the same! Haha no just kidding….

I chose to make the street length dress but I have my eye on that jacket too!

The dress was nice and simple to make – especially because there are no sleeves! The neck and sleeves are faced but I’m yet to slip stitch the facings closed. The front also has a simple strip of fabric as decoration which when worn with the coat, is supposed to replicate the zip closure.
This is one of those wonderful things about 60s patterns – little details that are repeated in different ways which link them all together and help to tie an outfit as one. Andr Courrges was known for doing this with his coats and dresses which was very modern at the time and lots of high end designers still repeat this technique within entire collections.

See more 60s sewing at my blog

Material Notes

The fabric was purchased from Etsy and could possibly be Mercerised cotton. It has a little bit of a sheen to it adding to the party feel and was listed as original 60s




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Mod, Preppy, Rock, Vintage

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    Aug 10, 2013, 02.36 PMby Marusya Grace

    Very nice and well sewn! I didn’t know the reasoning behind the strip of fabric- thanks for sharing that!

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    Aug 1, 2013, 04.51 AMby csprings

    That dress looks great on you! I love that necklace too!

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      Aug 1, 2013, 09.36 AMby alekat

      Thanks! I got the necklace from Etsy :)

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    Jul 31, 2013, 10.24 PMby jilldeville

    this is SO CUTE! Nice Job!

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    Jul 31, 2013, 02.36 AMby Manic Pop

    Ah, I have seen that movie! Great dress!

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    Jul 30, 2013, 07.33 PMby Vanessa Binder

    Your dress is so cute and fabric choice is spot on! Congrats!! and I’ve been browsing your blog too!! Loved it!! xx

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      Jul 31, 2013, 12.07 AMby alekat

      Oh thank you! I’m glad you like my blog too! xo

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    Jul 30, 2013, 06.05 PMby marlalalalere

    Birdy nam nam? :)

    simplicity always pays… lovely!

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      Jul 31, 2013, 12.08 AMby alekat

      haha i was so close to calling this dress “Birdy num num”!
      thanks! xo

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    Jul 30, 2013, 08.58 AMby chased-away

    I love this! Such a fun and pretty dress :D

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      Jul 30, 2013, 11.50 AMby alekat

      Thank you!

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    Jul 29, 2013, 05.14 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely! and nice fabric! Suits you very well ;)

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      Jul 30, 2013, 11.50 AMby alekat

      Thanks! I wish i had more of it

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    Jul 29, 2013, 12.29 PMby Debbie Alli

    Gorgeous, just as all your makes are. That fabric is stunning – can’t wait to see the jacket made up too!

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      Jul 30, 2013, 11.51 AMby alekat

      Thank you Debbie! I’ll have to add the jacket to my ever increasing sewing list

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