Every year, Rebecca Page releases a free “Party Dress” accompanied by an optional add-on (not free) for even more options. This year is a woven, princess seamed strapless bodice with an interesting high neckline. It is fully lined and uses an invisible zipper for the back, but there’s so much more.
Your options only begin when you start deciding how to make your bodice. You can make it lined and stop there, but you can also optionally interline and/or add boning! Both of these will create a more structured, couture bodice – and for smaller bust sizes will potentially let you skip a bra. I decided to go all out on mine and used twill for interlining and added the boning. I actually had some trouble finding boning and ended up using plastic zip ties and twill tape for the casing. I even used the twill yardage for my lining. It worked great and I was even able to fit two pieces of “boning” inside the front casings to add even more support. I didn’t try it without a bra, but I want to spend some time doing more personal fitting.
I started with the upper bust size, used the Rebecca Page instructions for a Full Bust Adjustment with extra armsyce coverage, sized down one size just at the underbust and only on the center front piece and graded out one size for my waist. I still have some excess at the underbust, which will take some trial and error fitting, since I have a very small underbust compared to my other measurements. I also have a small neck/upper chest height, so I should have taken some height off above the bust. I didn’t realize this until we were taking pictures.
From there, I chose to test the jumpsuit version, and while I was a little worried when I realized how WIDE those legs were, I really do love it. I did a super quick muslin of them (to help see how the bodice fit changed) but the only changes I made were a small swayback and full belly adjustment, plus taking about 4″ off of the length for my super short legs. All of these are normal changes for me and I expected to do them. Once your bodice and bottom (whatever version you’re doing) are attached, you begin adding the zipper which will be fully enclosed between the main and lining fabrics. From there, the instructions have you hand stitching the lining closed with a slipstitch, which I did, though I know some people did topstitch to enclose that seam. Honestly, I wanted to take it that step farther and create a truly couture piece, so I sat and watched Outlander with the hubs and got about 1/3 done and then finished the rest during an episode of Riverdale. It took some time, but nothing shows from the outside and I know I put my best in.
I was so lucky, once again, to be able to test this with one of the best people in the world – my girl Joan, who’s been featured on here before: Gertie’s Launch Party, making the Rad Alina and the Bonaroo Bundle (she’s also thinking of starting a blog herself!). We decided early on in the test to do pictures together, especially since it’s cold and I have an area set up where I can do photos inside. We talked about doing a New Years Eve theme, but that was almost changed when neither of us could find fabric we liked! Joan ended up finding gold sequin mesh, creme and green crepe at Joann’s while I had found a sparkly, black faux “snakeskin” and mint crepe. Obviously, I didn’t use that, and eventually picked up my silver brocade and black faille from Hobby Lobby – though I did use the Joann’s faux rabbit fur on the shrug! We were able to continue with the NYE theme and I love that we ended up as silver and gold!
I’m not sure how often I’ll use the sleeveless bodice of Patsy, but with some changes I can see all of these options being great for many different occasions. The high low skirt will be gorgeous for weddings and the pencil skirt would be an awesome work dress, come to think of it a casual version of the high low would be office appropriate, too. Are you going to pick up the free dress, what about the add on? What’s your favorite option, even if you don’t have anywhere to wear it?
See you next time, until then – happy sewing!
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Patsy Party Dress | Patsy Party Dress Add On | Princess Seam FBA Tutorial
Patsy Free Bundle | Patsy Children’s Free | Patsy Children’s Add On | Patsy Add On Bundle
Silver Brocade | Black Faille | Faux Rabbit Fur | Twill Tape | Twill Yardage