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Start sewing for those holiday parties with this dressed up collection, plus styling tips. These designs range in style from floor length stunners to dance-the-night-away cocktail dresses. The Black Tie collection is from the November 2011 issue of Burda Style magazine. All instructions to previously published patterns have been updated.

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Make a splash in the Long Sleeve Cocktail Dress with Ruffled Front with a row of flirty ruffles at the neckline. It’s a demure pick for formal dinners or holiday parties, so pair it with a classic clutch and hoops.

Stand out from the crowd in this short and sweet Cap Sleeve Cocktail Dress with Metallic Insets. The two tone effect comes from using a fabric with one matte and one metallic side. Edgy accessories and a pretty pink lip color are the perfect match.

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A Bustier Cocktail Dress with Sweetheart Neckline is sweet and sexy. Make it for a cocktail party in black stretch satin. The modest cut calls for tasteful stud earrings and a strappy neutral heel.

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A floor length Long Black Gown with a plunging neckline and waist placket is elegant for any occasion, from a dinner event to black tie. Stretch crêpe clings to curves, so highlight the neckline with a bold statement necklace.

This Single Shoulder Evening Gown is fit for a holiday gala or formal dance with glitzy heels and a deep merlot lipstick. It’s draped to bear one shoulder and accentuate your hips with a pretty godet at the back for drama. This also makes a lovely wedding gown in ivory.

The V Neck Evening Gown with Starburst and Godets has a glamorous touch with a large starburst effect at the center. Gathers move outward from the center for a beautiful hourglass shape set off by a dramatic godet at the back. Let the plunging neckline speak for itself, and wear big drop earrings instead of a necklace.

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A pretty semi-formal Metallic Ruched Dress is holiday perfect. It’s seamed down the center and ruched for a curvaceous silhouette. This fabric doesn’t need much accessorizing, just a bright red lip.

A starburst of gathers at the center waistline sets this V Neck Cocktail Dress apart from the pack. Dance the night away in this short and sweet dress, with tank straps and a V neckline that stays put. It’s neutral in black satin, so why not spice up your look with an unusual leather handbag, sexy caged heels, and a leather cuff with a tough chain detail?

Are you the type to wear a little black dress to every occasion, or go all out in a formal gown? We want to know in the comments!

Happy Sewing!


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    Nov 8, 2014, 02.47 PMby cur-jargon

    really appreciate how the collection of patterns was showcased with styling tips.

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    Nov 7, 2014, 01.04 PMby GiveMeSomeCandy

    I love the second and the last one! <3

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    Nov 7, 2014, 09.59 AMby karancsi

    These are great, pretty dresses. It’s a bit pity, that the original pictures in the magazine were not used this time, the model is so great: curvy and very talented, the dresses looked perfect on her.

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      Nov 10, 2014, 03.43 AMby MegH

      Agreed those pictures are amazing! Due to a licensing issue those images were to be only used in Germany.

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      Nov 12, 2014, 01.38 AMby nouvellegamine

      @MegH is that bc she’s a German actress? I remember originally there was a brou-haha bc she was smoking, so that’s why I thought only the mannequin pics were used. btw- I usually love the mannequin pics bc the clothes are easier to see.

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    Nov 7, 2014, 07.38 AMby newhairline

    Last one is awesome.

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    Nov 7, 2014, 02.47 AMby hello Itsme

    Beautys. Love the necklines on these dresses

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    Nov 6, 2014, 09.37 PMby nouvellegamine

    The starburst dress is one of my favorites.

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