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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Perfect Party Dress = The Perfect Piano Recital Dress

If you have seen any of the other Tie Dye Diva blog hop posts, you have probably already gotten lots of great ideas on how you can alter the Perfect Party Dress to suit any occasion.
I have to apologize up front because I think most of the other bloggers are going to show you how to acheive the look they did and I am not going to be able to do that to the extent that others have done.  I had already made the dress I'm featuring before this blog hop was organized, so I didn't take any step-by-step photos or measurements.
Hopefully, you can still glean some ideas from what you see and what I say.

Here is the dress I made for my 4-year-old daughter's graduation recital where she played Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and three variations on the theme.  If you have a music student doing the Suzuki Method, you are familiar with this first milestone.

As quickly as I can explain it, here are the changes I made to the pattern:

I shortened the bodice.

I made layered flutter sleeves. (Just a straight line on one side the length of which I got from measuring the armholes.  And a curved line for the outside of the sleeve, which I finished with a baby hem.)

Instead of the sash, I folded a strip of fabric and sewed it into the seam where the skirt attaches to the bodice.  I just made a bow and tacked it on the front with some handsewn stitches.

I made the skirt a hi-lo skirt and then made up the difference with another layered ruffle in the front and just the single orange ruffle in the back.

Here she is recieving her trophy for her Twinkles.  Her lovely teacher got down on her knees for a photo op.  :)

You can't see the fabric very well, but I tried to tie it in to the occassion.  The blue has little stars, the multi-colored is diamonds ("like a diamond") and the orange has tiny planets and rockets on it. 

I know the fabric choice has nothing to do with the pattern, but the fact that I chose this pattern to make this dress for such an important moment in my young girl's life speaks to my regard for this     pattern. 

It is adorable if you only use it with the two main options Jen has provided, but if you even feel yourself wanting to try out something a little different, the basic shapes of The Perfect Party Dress and the comfortable fit make it a great pattern to have in your stash.  And right now, I hear the price has been reduced to celebrate all you blog hoppers!
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  1. This is so sweet! Love the little accent where the bodice meets the dress - and the high-low cut with ruffles is such a fun unique look! She's adorable - and what a special dress for such a special occasion!

  2. I love the hi-low hem with the ruffle in the front! It's so unique!