Holiday Party Style: It’s All in the Fabric

It may be a little ironic for a pattern company to tell you not to buy new patterns, but when you’re thinking about what to sew for that upcoming holiday party, go through your pattern stash first. I bet you already have a pattern, probably one you know and love, that will look great for the holidays. All you need to do is sew it up in a bling-y fabric.

Scroll on and see how we took some new and not-so-new Vogue Patterns and made them party-ready. Feel free to borrow our fabric choices! (Images from the latest issue of Vogue Patterns Magazine.)

Vogue Patterns V8358Take one of your sundress patterns and repurpose it for the holidays. V8358 (above) looks fabulous in a sequined knit. Try a similar fabric or even a lightweight velvet with your pattern.

Vogue Patterns V900t top paired with V8584 pantsI bet you already have at least five elastic waist patterns in your stash. Look for one with a wider leg, like we show here with V8584. Make them in sequined chiffon and pair them with a fitted top pattern. Silk shantung works well for fitted garments with crisp details, like the asymmetrical front of V9004.

Vogue Patterns V8977 topFind the cutest tunic/top pattern you own and make it again, this time from a sexy fabric like a soft flocked lamé. Pair it with slim pants or leggings. If your pattern has some back interest, like V8977, so much the better.

Vogue Patterns V8931 suit patternYour jacket and skirt patterns are perfect for holiday parties when you make them out of a luxurious brocade. A fitted jacket (like V8931) paired with a pencil skirt is super sophisticated.

So make it easy on yourself this holiday season and shop from your pattern stash first. Stick with your TNTs when possible. If you do need a new pattern, we’ve pinned lots of holiday glam pattern ideas here. Happy sewing!

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  1. You wrote this post just for me! Thank you, and thanks for this blog. What a wonderful way to communicate with your customers 🙂

    1. Glad you found it helpful!

  2. I must say McCalls NEVER lets me down. 95% of my patterns are Mccalls and I love them all. It so much fun stopping by.

    1. Hope you keep coming back!

  3. I love this article! Vogue 9004 looks fabulous with the pants. I’m looking for a good pattern to make for myself as Mother of the bride. I don’t want anything frumpy. I love sheath dresses made out of exquisite fabric, but I think I need to make a long dress, because it is 7:30 in the evening spring of 2015. I would love suggestion at

    1. Jodie, I will try to create a new Pinterest board with suggestions for Mother of the Bride/Groom suggestions…

      1. Wonderful–Am looking for mother of the groom suggestions for June, Washington DC area…

  4. Any suggestions for Mother of the Groom–In February–in northern Finland–for an outdoor ceremony?–we will move in for the party.

    1. That’s a tough one! Maybe I’ll create a Pinterest board with suggestions for Mother of the Bride/Groom patterns.

      1. 🙂 It wouldn’t be so tough if it weren’t inside the Arctic Circle in February! Even a suggestion as to fabric type would be useful.

  5. This is a great post!

  6. My beloved mother in law advised me that McCalls patterns were the way to go. I am finding that to be true. She’s in her 90s, so I figured her advice would be sound. Like your blog!

  7. Love all your suggestions. But can we see more holiday/dressy patterns with sleeves? Many of us live in the Northeast, where sleeveless in winter is a no go- even with a winter coat on in transit. In Buffalo, we often wear Cuddleduds under our fancy clothes to stay warm. So sleeves would be important to help cover up that long underwear! I am an experienced enough seamstress that I can add sleeves- but it would be nice not to have to go to that trouble and just have them in the pattern. A flowy top like 8977 would be perfect with narrow black pants if it had sleeves. Thanks!

    1. Hi! V8977 actually does come with sleeves, so you’re in luck!

      1. Very nice. But please put a word in to the designers for more sleeves. Most women who sew are “of a certain age” and sleeves are essential. I am not there yet, but I work in a conservative field and sleeveless just doesn’t cut it. Please Meg, talk to them about sleeves. Thanks.

        1. Most of our patterns come with a sleeved version. Are you thinking about Vogue Patterns Designer patterns? Like, say, a Donna Karan pattern? If it’s a pattern from a licensed designer then we are contractually bound to NOT alter their designs in any way, including adding sleeves to a sleeveless design. If it’s our own design, then more than likely you’ll see an option with sleeves.

  8. Yes–please add sleeves. men attend functions wearing jackets–and women are supposed to be bare-armed and shouldered. This makes no sense in the winter.

  9. So I’m making a velvet dress for the holidays and I am totally stuck on the armhole and neckline bindings (silk crepe de chine bias binding). Velvet is so slippery but those armholes and neckline are absolutely brutal. I think this may be my last velvet project ever.

    1. Grace, I hear you! Have you tried basting first with silk thread?

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