Pattern Review – The Party Dress by The Cottage Mama

It is Hannah’s 8th Birthday tomorrow!!! It dawned on me that she had outgrown her party dress.  I have wanted to try out The Party Dress by The Cottage Mama for quite a while now.  It’s so cute, has a large size range and is even free!  Excuse in hand I got to work and got this dress started and finished in 3 hours.  Not too bad considering I had never sewn it before and that I had to print and tape the pattern too (all of 4 pages lol!).

The Party Dress by The Cottage Mama

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Again I have used my ever expanding fabric stash, it still amazes me how kind so many people have been giving me fabric!  They are both a woven cotton/blend a little heavier than quilting weight.  The Party Dress by Cottage Mama has a lined bodice with a gathered skirt and a contrast hem band.  It is actually surprisingly similar to my Betty Bodice Dress.

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In place of buttons and loops I went for kam snaps. Making it easier to get on and off and quicker to get it finished in time too!  I made a size 9 as Hannah measured pretty well exactly in between the 8 and 9.  And at the rate kids grow I figured a little extra room was the better option!

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I love the length of this dress.  It is long enough that it will fit a long time as she grows, and also that she doesn’t need to wear leggings underneath.  I think she has got past the upside on the monkey bars permanently stage.  The original pattern has a sash which is rather cute. I think it is a little young for Hannah. However, it would make an excellent flower girl dress with the sash on!

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And Hannah’s favourite part…you guessed it twirls!!!  So if you are looking for a great free pattern, this one is definitely a great option.  I see many more of these in my future, and I am sure that this one is going to get plenty of wear this summer.

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Pattern Review - The Party Dress by The Cottage Mama

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