Perfect Party Dress Sewing Patterns

A fabulous handmade dress can make a night out feel even more special. Whether you’re celebrating with friends, on a date night with the other half, or attending a more formal event, you’ll want to look your best. We’ve pulled together fabric and pattern picks to help inspire your dream outfit. 

Loretta dress pattern

Free with Issue 20

Simple Sew – Loretta Dress

Sizes 8–20

We can’t say it enough, how lovely is Loretta! Perfect for any occasion, we know you’ll be sewing her all year round.

Why not try:

Floral Cotton Sateen Pearl Lilac, £9.99 per metre, www.remnantkings.co.uk

Gertie B5882 retro glamour dress sewing pattern

Vintage loveliness

Gertie for Butterick 5882

No one does retro glamour better than Gertie and this full-skirted dress with shelf bust detail is no exception.

£8, sizes 4–20 www.sewdirect.com

Why not try:

Floral Cotton Sateen on white, £4.50 per metre, www.abakhan.co.uk

sophisticated dress pattern 

Perfect for Christmas day!

Sew Over It – Joan Dress

You’ll feel classy and smart in this sophisticated dress inspired by the wardrobe of Mad Men’s iconic Joan Holloway.

£14, sizes 8–20, sewoverit.co.uk

Why not try:

Purple rio crepe, £7, sewoverit.co.uk

M7083 mccalls blue dress sewing pattern

Sheer delight

McCall’s 7083

We love the play of sheer and solid in this modest but flirty number. If you’re not confident working with chiffon or georgette you can make the dress in crepe or cotton.

£8.75, Sizes 6–22, www.sewdirect.com

Why not try:

Green chiffon,  £3.60 per metre, www.whitetreefabrics.com

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The WOW dress

Chinelo Bally’s Date Night Dress

While this might have been designed with a date night in mind, we’d be looking for as many excuses to break out a gorgeous dress like this as possible.

Freehand Fashion, £20, www.pavilionbooks.com

Why not try:

Flower stretch lace, £8.75 per metre, www.whitetreefabrics.com

 Anna dress pattern

Gorgeous maxi length

By Hand London – Anna Dress

Anna is a great beginner’s dress as she features easy kimono sleeves and bust pleats, plus there is an option skirt feature for a daring split seam.

£9, sizes 6–20, www.byhandlondon.com

Why not try:

Purple sequins, £11.65 per metre, www.abakhan.co.uk

M6833 a

Choose your style

McCall’s 6833

With multiple bodice and skirt variations, plus optional sleeves and instructions for adding your own petticoat your own struggle will be deciding which view to make.

£8.75, sizes 4–20, www.sewdirect.com

Why not try:

Black/white Ikat Geometric Sateen, £9.99 per metre, www.remnantkings.co.uk

 burda 6931

Dressed to impress

Burda 6931

If you’re a man that sews, why not try this Burda multi-view shirt pattern. Our favourite is the pleated front dress shirt.

£5.85, sizes 44–50” chest, www.simplicitynewlook.com

Why not try:

Illuminati Triangles, £5.00 per metre, www.fabworks.co.uk

 

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