|Amy Sedaris on the Letterman show in a Mary Adams dress|
|A ballgown designed for Amy, from The Party Dress Book|
|A page from the book, on quilting|
The book does come with one pattern that will enable you to make a party dresses, using one of these three design/fabric choices: 1) layered organza, 2) pieced cotton, 3) soaked taffeta (see images below). It's a basic princess seam bodice with a circle skirt and a choice of a halter or regular straps. You could take the pattern and apply any of her techniques to it.
The book is skimpy on fitting methods and construction extras. She doesn't have you make a muslin or use boning in your bodice, for instance. The construction directions are straightforward and include a lining and an invisible zipper. I really liked her directions on making a petticoat, especially because I feel you can never have enough different methods for making a crinoline! If you're looking for couture methods, you'll want a supplemental text. While this isn't a must-have construction guide, I would definitely take a look to see if you think it might be a good inspirational text. It's definitely proved invaluable to me in my current party dress obsession!