Party Dress Goal.

Sarah of Come and See the Seitz is hosting a “Pattern Challenge” where she is challenging herself (and you!) to make more clothes. Her hopes are to have a comprehensive library of pattern reviews and photos of awesome handmade clothes.
Surprise.
I mentioned in last week’s recap that I badly wanted this dress. I don’t want it just for-no-reason. I actually have an occasion to wear it. (Though I am the type to wear dresses like this for-no-reason!) See, my 25th birthday is coming up this year and even though it isn’t until the beginning of May, there is already a big buzz about it in our house. This is partly because the twin and I haven’t had a serious birthday celebration for about nine years. The photo above is from a surprise party my friends threw me when I turned sixteen. That was the last time I had a party. And the other reason there is buzz about this upcoming shindig is because it will be a 100% vegan affair! (If any of you know of any veggie recipes that will knock omnivore’s socks off, please share!)
Anyway, I figured what a perfect chance to make my own dress! (Something I haven’t done since June.) My project list is so massive but I’m feeling hopeful I can squeeze it in.
Simplicity 8236.
It’s a toss up between two patterns. The first is pictured above. Vintage Simplicity 8236. I came across it on eBay a while back and fell in love. When I got it, I had no specific plan for it, just thought it lovely, the price right and the size perfect, so I snatched it up. I’m thinking of a pale gray, if I can find a quality cotton or linen.

The second choice is the Coffee Date Dress. It looks plenty simple–I may not even do the ruffles. I’m leaning heavily on Harmony’s Black and White Whispering Grass print because it’s absolutely gorgeous and one of my all-time favorites. I think it would be too busy with the Simplicity pattern but perfect for the Coffee Date shape/cut.

Which do you like better? What are your opinions?

PS: Sarah is teaming up with allmodern.com by doing a giveaway to promote this project. Swing over there to enter!

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16 Responses to “Party Dress Goal.”


  1. 1 applecyder February 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I think i like the simplicity pattern best. but the other is pretty too. and with that fabric, it will be great. i think it is great that you and your brother will be having a party for your 25th. daydreaming about fun parties is one of my favorite things to do!

  2. 2 allison February 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    both patterns look pretty, but my personal preference is the coffee date dress. it looks so fun–it’s a dress that’s just begging to go to a party. i’m excited to see the results, whichever dress you choose. i’d love to make a dress for myself this year, but i’m not quite there yet in the sewing-experience category. good luck with yours!

  3. 3 Elizabeth February 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I love both of the patterns, but I think I like the coffee date one better. The ruffles are so cute! And it would look awesome with that fabric.
    I bet that no matter which one you choose, it’ll look great!

  4. 4 JuliaA February 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    i love the fabric for the coffee date dress–that would be so cute! it doesn’t need the ruffles, even.

    yay for birthday celebrations!

  5. 5 jessica February 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I love both-but if I had to choose I would pick the simplicity one.

  6. 6 Sarah February 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    They are both so cute! But, I really like the Coffee Date dress. I think you would pull that off so well! This August will be my 25th b-day too. Last year my husband threw me a slip n’ slide and BBQ party. We ended the night by watching “The Princess Bride” on a projector he set up outside! It was such a fun memory! How will I top it this year?!

  7. 7 Teresa February 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

    They’re all pretty – but I like the white one best – and I love the fabric you chose!

  8. 8 summernightsmiles February 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I love the vintage pattern! (Although I also have the Coffee Date dress in my personal shortlist ;) )
    I too have lots of plans and ideas regarding dress-making this spring/summer season. I have stashed sooo many patterns and would love to get started on them as soon as possible. And weirdly, I also have my 25th birthday coming up this summer so a lovely summer dress would be great for this occasion!
    I’ll definitely join the challenge!

  9. 9 Teresa p February 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    My vote is for the Coffee Date dress. I like the both but really like the Harmony fabric and agree that it would look best as that dress.

  10. 10 Jessica February 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Do you have the vegan cupcakes take over the world cookbook? It’s got lots of really fun recipes, and they are certainly non-vegan approved. I fully recommend it, especially for a birthday party! Or just because!

  11. 11 craftydill February 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    My husband is allergic to eggs and poultry and my son is allergic to those things plus milk (a grocery shopping nightmare, trust me :D ). And for birthday cake, we use the best recipe in the world for chocolate cake. It’s actually a 4H recipe that my grandmother got when she was young that’s been handed down and we call it ‘Wacky Cake’. It has no eggs, milk, etc. and it really is a fabulous cake…moist and chocolatey!

    Let me know if you would like the recipe and I can email it to you or post it here (just didn’t want to take up the whole comment section).

    Oh, and I like both patterns and love the fabric you’re thinking of using.

    Regards- Michelle (craftydill@msn.com)

  12. 12 Andrea February 11, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I have such a thing for pleats in unique ways…so I love the vintage one. Won’t it be fun to see what you decide you love the most?

  13. 13 Cole February 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I love the Simplicity pattern but both dresses are so interesting and lovely. I say go with your gut! You can always make the other design later


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