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Sewing your own formal wear is a fun challenge with gorgeous results. This collection of emerald green gowns has a sparkly flapper dress, long sleeve evening gown, tulle dress with godet, and more timeless silhouettes. These patterns are from the December 2011 issue of Burda Style magazine.

The Rosette Gown has a floral neck detail that’s just as alluring as a plunging neckline. You won’t need much jewelry with this striking embellishment. The column gown is nipped in at the waist with asymmetrical gathers.

Live out your ballerina fantasy in this silk and Tulle Evening Gown. This floor length gown has an alluring asymmetrical halter neckline, and a beautiful godet at the back for a wearable take on a formal train.

A strategically seamed Half Circle Top makes a cool alternative to a shawl or wrap. This top sweeps over the shoulders with a V shaped back.

Make a flapper style dress and dance the night away. A sequin panel adds glitz to the front, velvet makes up the body, and chiffon frills finish up the skirt. The short length is great for parties and is sure to get you noticed!

Satin cut on the bias skims the body and flow into a beautifully sweeping skirt. This Satin Evening Gown has a plunge neckline and asymmetrical skirt piece for red carpet allure.

Long sleeves balance out the plunging neckline and cinched waist of this beautiful Long Sleeve Maxi Dress. This timeless style ties at the back and looks stunning at formal events.

Crêpe satin is cut into a loose Oversized Dress for easy elegance. Wear this dress with sky high heels and minimal jewelry for effortless chic.

Seamlines give a plunging V neckline definition so the Dress with Pointed Bodice highlights your bust. The cleavage baring top is balanced by a flowing knee length skirt with a center pleat.

Body-skimming satin and tulle look even better when you cut and sew them just for your curves. We love these shades of aqua and emerald for the holidays, but these confections would be stunning in black, red, or white.

Happy sewing!


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    Dec 26, 2013, 02.23 PMby ArcticFoxx

    Another thought. Doesnt the dress with the pointed bodice look just like Princess Kates engagment gown. I must have it too!

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    Dec 26, 2013, 02.21 PMby ArcticFoxx

    I am going to give the long sleeved maxi a shot and wait to shrink into it after WLS surgery. It will take me a bit too figure it out (I am a new sewer) and muslin it in and then actually sew it.

    But it would be nice to have something so gorgeous to shrink into!!!

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    Dec 24, 2013, 10.24 AMby Tamaresque

    The long-sleeved maxi dress would make a simple but elegant wedding dress. <3

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    Dec 22, 2013, 12.00 PMby Sophie Hardisty

    Love the green corsage dress don’t think I’d be brave enough to work with silk satin though

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    Dec 19, 2013, 10.13 PMby purplegoat

    Gorgeous evening dresses – unfortunately I wouldn’t have any where to where them. So I think I’ll be reinterpreting a couple of these in less formal fabrics! The long sleeve maxi, and that last dress with sleeves is beautiful.

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    Dec 19, 2013, 08.28 PMby Denise Wild

    Stunning collection! The green is absolutely gorgeous!!! I can’t wait to make at least two of these dresses…

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