The Party Dress Book

How to Sew the Best Dress in the Room

By Mary Adams; Amy Sedaris (Foreword by)
(Potter Craft, Paperback, 9780823033300, 160pp.)

Publication Date: November 9, 2010

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The best dress. In any room. On any occasion. That’s a promise.
Attention fashionistas, glamourattis, and twirling enthusiasts everywhere: The Party Dress Book is the book you’ve been waiting for. Get an inside look at the inspiration, work, and techniques of creative dressmaking of celebrated New York designer Mary Adams. A unique combination of striking and wearable, Mary’s gorgeous dresses are a glam departure from the norm. In this book, you’ll learn the secrets to designing her trademark wearable decadence and how to sew your own delicious creations.
Start with Mary’s influences, process as a creative dressmaker, and essential techniques, and then move into step-by-step instruction on how to produce a scene-stealer of your own. With Mary’s straightforward, self-taught techniques, classic and customizable pattern, and inspired whimsy, making jaw-dropping dresses is simple and fun. The real work will be feigning modesty when you say, “Oh, this dress? I made it myself.”

About the Author

MARY ADAMS, owner of Mary Adams The Dress, designs and creates party and wedding dresses. Her creations have been featured on Good Morning America and in New York magazine, the Village Voice, and other publications. She studied art at the University of Oregon, from which she received a BFA in printmaking. An early pioneer of the fashion movement on the Lower East Side, Mary opened her studio
in 1984 on Ludlow Street and relocated to Murray Hill in the spring of 2008. This is her first book.

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