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Find your new favorite party dress in this collection of full and tea length gowns. Six beautiful designs have something for every formal occasion. These patterns are from the November 2014 issue of Burda Style magazine.


Take some swing dance lessons to get the most out of this vintage style 1930s Party Dress. The full skirt gets knife pleats ins oft crepe, and the tight bodice is finished with an oversized fluttery collar.


A deconstructed Chiffon Spaghetti Strap Party Dress is the perfect formal dress for edgy girls. Layers of chiffon have a shredded effect that’s unconventionally beautiful. The corset style bodice has a more traditional look with delicate spaghetti straps.


Be a bombshell for the night in this form fitting Bustier Gown with Back Cut Out with a bustier bodice, tank straps, and a back cut out to show some skin. It’s finished with a slight train for over-the-top glam.


Live out your own Pretty Woman fantasy in this intricate Ruched Sweetheart Gown with off the shoulder sleeves, a fully ruched bodice, and a plunging sweetheart neckline. It’s glamorous in solid color satin, but would also make a lovely bridal dress in ivory.


Create the illusion of a sheer dress and an exaggerated curvy figure with the Hourglass Lace Gown. A mix of black crepe and luxurious lace creates magic with curving side panels, long sleeves, and a revealing neck and back. Bustier cups and ruching along the bodice finish the femme fatale look.


Retro glamour girls will recognize this Halter Gown as spotted on Marilyn Monroe in Gentleman Prefer Blondes. This form fitting duchesse satin dress has plenty of sex appeal with an asymmetrical halter neckline and an elegant column skirt with a belted overlay.

Start sewing your favorite now, and you’ll be ready for the holiday party circuit in December.

Happy sewing!


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    Nov 19, 2014, 04.12 PMby Annette88

    I want to do the hour glass one, I need a cocktail dress for a party that is the 12 of December… How many hours do you think it can take?

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    Nov 10, 2014, 09.54 AMby pambox

    Love all of them, particularly the first one. Now I just need to have the sort of lifestyle that gives me reasons to wear such gowns!

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    Nov 5, 2014, 10.01 PMby MBarryKerry

    I love the last one.All I need now is an occassion to wear it to!

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    Nov 5, 2014, 05.43 PMby nouvellegamine

    The Ginger Rogers dress is adorable.

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    Nov 5, 2014, 06.54 AMby hello Itsme

    the fourth to last and second to last black dresses are mint

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    Nov 4, 2014, 10.15 PMby periwinkle

    Love seeing real women fill out these awesome dresses!

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      Nov 5, 2014, 06.32 PMby mcclxix

      Yes, because if a woman doesn’t fill out a dress the way you think she should, she isn’t “real”. Thanks for the reminder!

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    Nov 4, 2014, 05.21 PMby bluegreen74

    The Chiffon Spaghetti Strap dress is my favorite, gorgeous! Reminds me of a runway look from a few years ago. Now I just need somewhere to wear it! =)

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    Nov 4, 2014, 10.13 AMby ruthiesews

    My favorite is the Hourglass Lace Gown. It would probably look great in plus sizes as well.

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    Nov 4, 2014, 09.57 AMby Deanna31

    I looooooove the first one!! So cute!

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    Nov 3, 2014, 07.10 PMby Inkstain1

    The first is Ginger Rogers from Swing Time and the second, Leslie Caron in American in Paris. The third is from the James Bond casino scene in Casino Royale and the lace dress also from James Bond. The photo spread illustrating these Hollywood greats in the European edition of the magazine is gorgeous and inspiring. Too bad the feature is incomplete here by comparison.

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    Nov 3, 2014, 06.07 PMby mcclxix

    The last dress is a copy of a dress from “How To Marry a Millionaire”, not “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. In case anyone wants to go find pictures of MM wearing the original. :)

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    Nov 3, 2014, 03.52 PMby Astrid Descurieux

    YES! Finally!!

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