It's always party/cocktail time in the lead up to Christmas so a new party frock using a John Kaldor print Fabric from Minerva Crafts and Vogue 8949 fits the bill.
'Ta dah' hands

My materials list includes the patternfabric, lining and zipper.

The John Kaldor fabric is soft with a slight sheen. It's easy to sew and lovely to wear.

The pattern is lined and you can also interline the pattern pieces for a more couture finish. I didn't test this pattern. I did my pattern changes and then made this dress using 10 at the top and 12 on the waist and hips. The tech notes are on my blog here.

Construction challenge

While I was working on the skirt I have a kerfuffle moment with the centre front panel.

This was my sewing dilemma.

I made sure the centre front panel lined up with the bodice and waistband. Sam made the dots line up beautifully on her posh frock earlier this year. She's really clever.

Then I kept wondering what I could do about it.

And then the back dots lined up in a way.

The pieces lined up beautifully and I stressed about the dots

And I stressed about the print. From the view of everyone non-sewers, they loved this dress.

The sewn in peplum feature is really pretty.

My hems are always lower at the centre back

So I wore this dress to dinner on the weekend and loved it. On a warm night, catching up with friends, this dress is a winner with our warm weather. I can't hold a grudge when this dress feels lovely and fits so well.

As they say, "if it fits, wear it! " Enjoy the festive season everyone.