The Party Dress Book: How to Sew the Best Dress in the Room
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The Party Dress Book: How to Sew the Best Dress in the Room

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The best dress. In any room. On any occasion. That’s a promise.

Attention fashionistas, glamourattis, and twirling enthusiasts everywhere: The Party Dress Book is the book you’ve been waiting for. Get an inside look at the inspiration, work, and techniques of creative dressmaking of celebrated New York designer Mary Adams. A unique combination of striking and wearable, Mary...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Potter Craft
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Mary Adams's dresses are inventive, fun, and wicked pretty.

The book is more practical than a coffee table book, but there's an aspect of the book which focuses on pretty pictures. Adams goes over a few specific sewing techniques (french seams, using a ruffle foot), and a few specific design elements (overlays, patchwork, quilting). She includes a pattern, and gives some suggestions for fabrics.

On the whole, one will need to know how to sew in order to get started with these dresses. I see it mo...more
Dawn Weber
Beautiful book - lovely and inspiring photos. Wonderful thing is, all the dresses in this book are just basically a few variations on the same pattern, done over and over again with different fabrics and necklines - so easy! I think it would be harder for beginning sewers to follow the instructions, though. They can be somewhat vague and assume you have some experience to fill in the blanks. Also, she doesn't address how to adjust for bustlines or waists that don't fit the pattern size.
Alethea A
This is the other book I'm buying as soon as my book budget resets. SO gorgeous! At first I wasn't sure where I'd seen a Mary Adams dress before--then I realized it was on Amy Sedaris.

I have no occasion to wear these dresses to, not at all (I said this about Twinkle Sews also) but these, I'd wear around the house just for fun. They are SO utterly beautiful. I just hope that reading the book and looking at the photos for inspiration translates into being able to produce something that shows even...more
Don't know who amy sedaris is and don't think she needs to have her name listed with the author's just for writing a foreword, but ...
Love this book. One of the few I actually bought after I read it. It is glorious eye candy and lots of good sewing ideas and techniques. Definitely going to try a few of the styles, like the bias tape dress, the apron dress, the scrap dress and of course one of the party dresses with wild colors and millions of ruffles. Never knew there was such a thing as a ruffl...more
Wow! Best "How to Sew" book ever!! Great for inspiration even if you don't choose to make a party dress!
Cool dresses, but nothing modest enough to actually wear. The principles are applicable to any garment, though, and the French seaming technique is genius for finishing edges without a serger. And it's so common sense, I don't know why I haven't been sewing everything that way. I want to give the book another star just for that, except all you have to do is Google the term and you'll find some great tutorials.
Rebekah Lewis
There was nothing too inspiring in this book, I'm sorry to say. The dresses were lovely, this just wasn't a practice or helpful book for me.

3 stars because, meh. It isn't a total waste of paper, just not a good book for me personally.

Get this book if...
* You want to make a pretty dress but have difficulties imagining what you want
* You don't have patterns already for a good dress foundation
Someday, when I have more free time, I want to sew a dress from this book. I viewed this more as an aesthetic adventure (than planning for a specific project), and these dresses are unique and beautiful. My daughter and I spent hours dreaming over the non-conventional wedding dress. Her wedding is about 30 years away, but I'm betting she won't wear white if this book is still in her memory!
Mary Adams -- perhaps best known for making some of Amy Sedaris' wild dresses -- discusses fancy dress making in an interesting and non-intimidating way. Ruffles and gathers and poofy skirts seem to be her specialty, and she discusses her techniques for tackling them. The book includes multi-sized patterns for three dress styles. Reading the book made my brain click around with ideas.

An Absolute Must-Have for any serious tailor who is interested more in a book to spark ideas than one to teach new techniques. Absolutely stunning work by a true master seamstress!!
Jul 26, 2013 Shyla rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Good eye food but the patterns offered were lame.. you change the look of the dress simply by changing fabrics? Wow. Not.
Amazing photos, fantastic ideas and a pattern to boot! This pattern is on my "must make" list.
Creative and inspiring, fun techniques. Basic pattern is included
Great colour ideas and I love the silhouettes.
Love the Sedaris intro.
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