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Party Frock Mash Up!

Added Nov 12, 2011

by nikkishell

Melbourne, Austr...






December is such a busy time for everyone so this year we had an early Christmas party…at Longrain!

Of course the past few weeks have been all about sewing a party frock for the occasion. I bought a remnant of the lace called ‘I Spy Navy’ from Tessuti, i’d been eyeing it off for some time and pounced on it before it hit the remnant table. I then spent a lot of hours looking at pretty pictures of lace dresses on Pinterest and came across this one and i fell in frock love!

Patterns were spread out and searched through and i came up with the following mash up of patterns. The bodice of the Burdatyle strapless teadress with the shape slightly altered and the front piece of the BurdaStyle Marie skirt. I moved the pleats and added an extra one. The back of the skirt is straight.

Of course mixing patterns meant i needed to make a muslin and i’m so glad i did, there were some fitting alterations needed in the bodice.

I used a cotton/elastane under the lace (Barbados Oregano also from Tessuti) and cut and sewed both fabrics as one. The dress is lined in a navy viscose (from the Fabric Store) and trimmed with a navy silk organza at the hem. The bodice is boned and i added a waist stay (which i had to undo towards the end of the meal) and i added inseam pockets.

I’m incredibly pleased with how it turned out! Don’t you just love it when a plan works and everything comes together just as it should?

Material Notes

cotton/elastane, cotton lace, viscose, silk organza



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Evening Wear
Cotton, Blends, Lace/Sequins, Organza, Silk


Pinterest for inspiring me!

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    Dec 16, 2011, 04.10 PMby Ashley Martin

    I’ve been wanting to make a dress like this for a while and I’m completely jealous of yours! I’ll have to start one of my own.

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    Nov 21, 2011, 11.45 PMby sweca

    Looks AMAZING!! Great job!!

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    Nov 17, 2011, 01.34 PMby wildflower31

    Looks good on you, the fabric is very pretty.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 06.58 AMby tilshmil

    I absolutely adore your dress! You did an amazing job on it and you look so great in it! Well done.

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    Nov 14, 2011, 11.29 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    you will be the main star in that party, you look so so beautiful, and your mix and match-patterns-fusion was really a hit!!!

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    Nov 14, 2011, 10.01 PMby jeffrey

    Wonderful. Such a beautiful finished project.

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    Nov 14, 2011, 04.37 PMby ritsel

    very, very jealous! :-) I like the darker effect because of the pleats, really beautifully made!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 09.17 PMby jorth

    Phwoar! Looking good!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 09.49 AMby prettysewinggirl

    Perfect fit! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 08.38 AMby carolyn-s

    It looks completely gorgeous, well done!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 07.09 AMby carolynsuzanne

    Super cute! I really like the fabric. The last close-up photo of the pleats is a nice touch. It turned out really well.

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    Nov 13, 2011, 04.44 AMby smallone

    Nikki, you should be so incredibly pleased this is a most wonderful, individual and oh so stylish dress….i also absolutely love the color combo.

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    Nov 13, 2011, 04.33 AMby schnui

    I love your party dress and you look great. The Fabric Store has just opened in Brisbane and I will be on the look out for lovely fabric like yours.

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    Nov 12, 2011, 10.52 PMby nikkishell

    Thanks everyone! I’m very pleased with it :)

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    Nov 12, 2011, 06.40 PMby madebymeg

    this dress (and you) look gorgeous!

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    Nov 12, 2011, 04.24 PMby nouvellegamine

    it’s gorgeous! it’s pretty exciting when you try something different and it comes out as beautiful as this.

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    Nov 12, 2011, 02.45 PMby Priscilla Folley

    Excellent work, I love this dress!

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    Nov 12, 2011, 10.32 AMby tirrs


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    Nov 12, 2011, 10.20 AMby Redsonia

    Very well done! Congratulations.

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