Friday, December 17, 2021

Cover Designs! 23: The Dinner List

Cover Designs is a feature in which I try to match up the outfit on a book cover with a dress pattern and sometimes even potential fabric matches as well. Today's choice gives a nod to parties and dinners and dressing up, so we can dream of doing that again someday. 

As the publisher says: 

"At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel.

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together."

Of course, if Audrey Hepburn was at your birthday dinner you might feel a little pressure to show up wearing something glamorous. The red dress on this rather clever cover is a great party frock.

This is a great dress to copy, whether for a birthday or a holiday party. You could use Vogue 1655 to get a pretty close copy of this one, down to the red sample on the pattern envelope. 

This dress isn't quite as off-the-shoulder as the cover image from the book, but it's close -- and probably a little more secure too! Look at these line drawings; you can see how similar the lines are. 

But, if you'd like something that might be a little more comfy, you could also choose to make a knit version of this dress by using the Patterns for Pirates knit wiggle dress. There are many views of this dress, and it can go from casual day dress to New Year's Eve glamour! If you made the off-the-shoulder knee length version, like this sewist did, you'll get a nearly perfect cover copy. 

Of course, fancy schmancy red fabric can be found everywhere at this time of year! Try a beautiful red stretch silk charmeuse from Riverside Fabrics if you want to make the Vogue version: 

Or try a festive stretch velvet knit for the wiggle dress if you like that version more! Maybe this one from Prairie Love Knits:

Either way, a slinky red dress is a great way to step into a new year. And, please do tell me the 5 people you'd invite to your imaginary perfect dinner ;) 


  1. Unfortunately the red dress would not suit me, or at least I would not feel like 'me' in it. Although the clutch bag could be a go-er. But the story line intrigues me. To choose five people .... it would depend on what you were after, good conversation, a good laugh, to catch up with old friends, to discuss particular topics.... so hard to choose! But to ultimately have just one dinner party with five - that would stretch the ability of the brain to make sense of it and decide. I have now put a hold on this book at my library.

    1. It's true, the invite list would entirely depend on what you were after! I hope this book is a good one -- I haven't read all the Cover Designs titles, I really do just pick them by the cover ;)


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