This was one of my ideas of remixing The Party Dress, a free pattern and tutorial by The Cottage Home. I'm a huge fan of this silhouette! One of my absolute favorite things to sew is a party dress (special occasion, holiday wear, church/Sunday School, flower girl type...) like the: Jingle Bell Dress, Bow Dress, Purple Rose Party Dress, The Little Blue Dress, Purpledicular Dress, Gabriella Dress Knock-Off, Red Christmas Fairy Tale Dress. Party dresses are a super fun way of expressing your creativity. Think of it as a cake and you get to decorate it any way you want to.
Some of the changes I made to The Party Dress pattern/tutorial were... instead of having the button closure in the back, I installed an invisible zipper and added a hook and eye closure. I sewed French seams for the side seams of the skirt and used liquid seam sealant on the skirt back seam. I went monochromic. And I created a narrower sash, downsizing it to the width of the beaded trim that I found.
I sewed a regular dress in size 4, then also a sheer silk overlay in size 5, making a second look possible, adding versatility to my little girl's wardrobe. By creating a sheer silk overlay The Party Dress becomes The 2-in-1 Party Dress. The silk sash with beaded trim can tie around either version of the dress.
I added thread belt loops to both the dress and the sheer overlay by using this vintage belt loops tutorial.