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Instruction and pattern for a party dress with embroidery

Dear BERNINA blog readers,

as you know we are celebrating the company’s 125th anniversary and therefore we have designed a special party dress with golden embroidery for our Inspiration magazine. With this party dress, we guarantee, that you will be the eye-catcher at the next party! 🙂

You find the instructions and pattern in the latest issue of Inspiration magazine. The magazine has been sent to the subscribers recently and will arrive soon. If you have not yet subscribed to Inspiration , you can do so here.

To celebrate our anniversary, we are offering sewing pattern and embroidery designs for this fashionable gold party dress as free downloads here on the blog, together with detailed sewing instructions of course. Have fun with sewing and embroidering!


 What you will need to sew your party dress

 Fabrics and notions

  • 2.2 – 2.9 m viscose fabric, 145 cm wide (Hofstetter Switzerland)
  • Vilene
  • 2.5 – 2.8 m binding, 20 mm wide
  • 0.7 – 1.0 m elastic, 20 mm wide
  • Self-adhesive tear-away embroidery stabiliser
  • SUK needle, size 80
  • “Gold 3” metallic embroidery thread (Madeira

Download embroidery designs

The golden paisley embroideries are really eye-catching on the party dress. You can download them here:Download paisley embroidery designs

Download party dress pattern

You can find the pattern for our anniversary party dress here: Download party dress pattern

Cutting out Partydress

  • 1 × front to fabric fold
  • 1 × front skirt section to fabric fold
  • 2 × back
  • 1 × back skirt section to fabric fold
  • 2 × sleeve
  • 2 × flounce


  • Bias binding for neckline 60 – 70 cm, 3 cm wide
  • 2 strips for frills approx. 90 – 100 × 6 cm, finished width 3 cm
  • Drawstring waist, 96 – 122 × 3 cm

Instructions Partydress

Sew sleeves to front section, leaving around 2 cm open at the neckline.

For better placement of the embroidery design, open the motif in the embroidery software. In Print Preview, select the options “Artistic View”, “Hoop” and “Zoom 100%”, and print out.

Stabilise the embroidery: Determine position of embroidery motif on the right side and mark roughly. Iron stabiliser to wrong side of fabric.

Position the embroidery design: Hoop Filmoplast (self-adhesive tear-away embroidery stabiliser). Remove carrier film within the hoop. Position front section in hoop with the help of the design printout and the hoop template. Baste outside area of design and embroider paisley motif. For the left side, mirror the embroidery motif.

Close centre-back seam right-sides-facing below the marking. Press seam allowances apart and iron over the remaining slit edges.

Sewing loops: Sew back edge of sleeve to back section. Sew loops: for this, fold binding in half and topstitch with the edgestitch foot. Attach a loop on the neckline of the back section on both the right and left at the outside edges on the seam allowance. With right sides facing, stitch together neckline of back section with the bias binding, catching the loops.

Topstitching: Press bias binding inwards. Topstitch neckline and centre-back / slit in a single operation.

Close top corner by hand: Sew seam allowance in top corner closed with a few hand stitches if wished.

Bias-bind neckline:Edge front V-neck with the bias binding. For this, pin binding right-sides-facing to front section. Form binding in the corner into a “cone”.

Sew up to the corner: Stitch on binding up to the corner; secure, and carry on sewing on the other side of the “cone”.

Pressing: Clip seam allowance of front section in the centre-front up to the seam. Press “cone” flat. Press binding inwards and topstitch neckline.

Use the iron: Iron strips for ruffles lengthways along fold with wrong sides facing and sew together along the open edge with the ruffler foot (setting 12, stitch length approx. 3). Sew wrong side of ruffle to right side of armhole seam allowance. Bind armholes with the bias binding, turning under the beginning and end of the binding and sewing shut by hand. Close the open 2 cm of the sleeve-/front joining seam.

Sew binding onto front: Iron the remaining binding for the straps/tie in half and narrow-edgestitch. Cut into two pieces.
Secure one end of the binding below the corner of the front section under the ruffle in each case, and secure at the top point with hand stitching.

Thread strap/tie through back: Thread straps/tie through the back sections. Close side seams and sleeve seams in a single operation.

Flounces for the sleeves: Hem sleeve flounces along the long edges and bottom edge. Pin flounces right-sides-facing to the sleeve hem – here, both long edges should lie along the marking on the sleeve pattern piece. Sew on flounce.

Wrap the waist: Close side seams of skirt sections. Sew skirt right-sides-facing to top section. Press seam allowances into top section.
Place casing strip over the seam inside such that one line of stitching meets up with the dividing seam and the second lies parallel to it in the top section at a distance of about 2.2 cm. Turn under beginning and end of casing strip and sew on casing from the right side. Pull elastic through opening in casing and sew together in waist circumference.

Almost done!

Finally, all you have to do is hem your dress and you’re ready for your next party! I hope you have lots of fun wearing it and partying.

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Free sewing pattern & instructions: Party dress with embroidery

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Used Material: edging tape, elastic band, embroidery fleece, fleece line, metallic thread, SUK needle, viscose material
Used Products:
BERNINA Embroidery Software 8
BERNINA Embroidery Software 8
Edgestitch Foot #10
Edgestitch Foot #10
Ruffler #86
Ruffler #86

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