Inspiration for The Dressmakers Ball- Gabby at Gabberdashery.

In the run up to The Dressmakers Ball, we’re bringing you some inspiration and advice on making yourself the ball gown of your dreams!  You can go as complicated or as simple as you like for the ball- dresses in simple shapes offer the chance to really show off a fabulous fabric, while more complicated patterns offer a fun challenge to more confident sewers.  Whatever you chose to make and wear, we cant wait to see you in it!

Today we have Gabby, from  blog Gabberdashery and our entertainer at The Dressmakers Ball, sharing with us a  review of a dress pattern she has used many times!


I chose the Emery Dress by Christine Haynes as it’s such a versatile style and perfect to dance in for those of you looking for a more relaxed, shorter party dress. It is so easy to make and Christine’s amazing instructions make it very beginner friendly. The bodice is fully lined which is a great skill to learn to use in any similar dress.

I used a kids single duvet cover I picked up for ยฃ1 from a car boot sale and although pattern placement was challenging with such a big print it has such a big impact and has become one of my go-to stage dresses to perform in!

This pattern can be made to look really casual or super smart depending on the occasion and there are optional longer sleeves if you want too. There are so many things to love about this dress including hidden in seam pockets and I  didn’t have to alter the fit at all which is a huge bonus in my book!


The pattern recommends lightweight woven fabrics so my three picks for a party dress would be:
Red Broderie Anglaise from Minerva Crafts
Printed Cotton Twill from Fabric Godmother
Floral Cotton Lawn from Fabric Godmother

This review was originally published in Sew Now Magazine and has been used with permission.

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