Houndstooth Party Dress

As Christmas is less than a week away and New Years Eve is fast approaching I know all of us are in search for the perfect party dress and this craft is it! I was looking around in Macy’s and found 3 or 4 dresses just like this in designer names for $150 all the way to $275… the total cost for me to make it was $19.98. Ever since Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2009 Collection, I have been obsessed with houndstooth and I think it’s great for the Holidays! You may recognize the dressI made, I used the same pattern (Vogue 8667) to make a dress in an entirely different fabric for a charity even in November. For this one I used a wool/polyester blend fabric which was perfect for two reasons… 1. It kept me very warm and 2. It was thick and soft enough that I didn’t need to line it which was perfect because I made it the night before I was going to wear it. We went to dinner with my parents, my grandmother and a great family friend at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens and I needed a great dress to wear, but didn’t want to spend a fortune so I looked at the department stores for some inspiration and this is what I came up with. Like I said, I didn’t line the dress so it took much less time… I was able to make it start-to-finish it in less than three hours so if you’re looking for a last minute dress you can make it yourself!

I followed the directions on the pattern for dress A with a few changes. Since I wasn’t lining it and I didn’t want the collar on it, after stay stitching the sides on step 1 I stitched a narrow hem around the neckline. I did the same thing around the armholes on the bodice side front and side back pieces. I left the dress longer than the dress I made the last time, only hemming 2 inches around the bottom. The dress has a 22″ black invisible zipper up the back and the same hook and eye closure at the top.

I wore the dress with a NY&Co embellished elastic belt (with the huge sale they were having this weekend cost me just $4.98) and a black Bolero Sweater that I got years ago at Forever21.