Disco Party Dress by Ainslee Fox

Rev up those engines girls, cause it is time to take a teeny tiny step forward into the land of intermediate sewing... well maybe Advanced Beginner... but this is a pattern that is going to encourage you to go further, teach you how to do something harder, and make you want to boogie down and PARTY when you finish your completed garment and realize.... that wasn't so bad!!!  Today we are reviewing the Disco Party Dress by Ainslee Fox - we are talking a beautiful dress that your little girls are going to love dancing the night away in (or early evening, or daytime, or morning... you know, whenever the dancing bug strikes).  This pattern includes ZIPPERS - wait WHAT?!?! - yes, yes, fully explained beautiful zippers.  It also includes instructions for a button closure, so if you really despise those zippers, you can skip them - but come on, you know you wanna try a zipper.  I Double Dog Dare You!  This adorable pattern also features a scalloped bodice detail - how gorgeous and sophisticated!  Ainslee Fox is so excited for you to try this new pattern, that she is offering 20% off the pattern to our readers with the code: MIRRORBALL.  You can also get $1 off her diaper clutch with the code: ROCKYOURBABY. (*These discounts are good only in her SHOP)

Update: Extended sizing now available here.



  • This review was completed by a 3rd party objective reviewer who received a complimentary copy of the pattern in order to complete the review. Neither Pattern Revolution nor the reviewer received any additional compensation for this review.


Now here is Paige to tell you more.... 


One of the best things about Pattern Revolution is learning about designers who we may not have been familiar with before.  I recently learned about Australian designer, Ainslee Fox.  This is the Disco Party Dress.  Don't you just love the scallop on the bodice?

I can picture this with so many different fabric combinations.  You can check out more examples for inspiration here. 

With this intermediate level pattern, you get a combination of pattern pieces and measurements.  You can make this dress with 2 or 3 fabrics and you have an option for a zipper back or one with buttons.  I have to tell you, I was so excited about the zip back......so few girl pdf patterns offer this option.  The designer does a nice job of explaining how to easily install it too. 

The instructions are clearly written and accompanied by color photos which guide you through each step.  I actually think most people would be able to complete this project without difficulty.  Everything went together smoothly and the fit and length are great.  Sizing and finished measurement charts are provided to help you select size or make modifications to fit your child.  You can also add an adjustable D ring belt which my daughter loves.   

The designer recommends hand stitching the bodice lining to secure it in place.  For those that don't like hand sewing, an alternate machine method can be used.  I do like the finished look of the hand stitching and I'm a fan of enclosed seams. 

This pattern is for sizes 2 - 6. It would be nice if more size options were included and I know my daughter would love to have a matching doll dress too - hint hint!!!   

There is a lot to like about this pattern and you end up with an adorable party dress. 


Happy Sewing!


I love it, so adorable.  If you need a little more encouragement, head on over to Nichole's Blog (Reap What You Have Sewn) and read her review - she also shows you two different ways of putting in the zipper and what the effects are - cause she made TWO!!!