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Gem Toned Cocktail Dress

Added Jun 14, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






For evening wear, gem tones this season are a good bet. Made from amethyst and sapphire charmeuse, this comfortable, waist cinching dress is the perfect look for a cocktail party or a night time event. You could also turn this dress into a day look by using brighter or printed fabrics.

Based off of the Jocelyn mini-dress pattern we lengthened the body of the skirt to hit mid-thigh so you can wear it with or without stockings, and used crepe backed satin to give it a more sophisticated look. Back zip, front and back darts. Belt included in the pattern.

Material Notes

Use silks or light-weight cotton. Self: 2 yards (1m 50cm) Lining: 1 yard (65cm)



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Garment Type
Business, Evening Wear, Romantic
Cotton, Blends, Silk


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    Jun 20, 2010, 03.08 PMby allygally

    Hey BS Team… I love the restyles, but I wanted to know if your pattern designers are still on staff… I’m hoping they haven’t lost their jobs. Are you up to something big and putting all of your energy toward that? Love you guys!!

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    Jun 17, 2010, 12.11 PMby kstyled

    I like this! I especially like the fluttery sleeves and the contrasting waistband. The 4th photo is just so simply stated with a strand of pearls accenting her wrist. I like this! Oops! did I say that already? Thanks for posting.

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    Jun 16, 2010, 04.41 PMby olymmpia

    I like the dress . it’s beautiful !

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    Jun 15, 2010, 10.10 PMby nikkishell

    I really like this. We don’t always have to have dresses made up in prints, i actually prefer plain quite a lot of the time because i don’t get bored of them so quickly and they can be dressed up in different ways with accessories etc.

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    Jun 15, 2010, 01.25 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I think the team have their hands pretty full right now so give them some slack aye? This is a nice re-model of a free pattern, will be great to inspire beginners and something to add on for the experts. I always liked the original version even thought I haven’t gotten around to making one yet but I always thought this would be nice if it was a dress, thanks for showing me BurdaStyle. I think the colours aren’t bad, they show a conservative version and I can also see a funked up print for the sleeves and belt :) PS: I just wish your model would smile more and stand up straight xx

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      Jun 15, 2010, 07.49 AMby sarsaparilla

      I agree! I actually quite like it.

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      Jun 15, 2010, 08.12 PMby alisondahl

      Thanks for the kind words. Seeing that this pattern is FREE you really can’t lose ;)

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      Jun 15, 2010, 10.01 PMby ashchaser

      hey hey hey, I’m not downing this project at all- just expressing my obsession with bright colors. I love Burdastyle and all of the wonderful people who work hard to make this site so awesome! woo!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 10.30 PMby laugh434

    I just started making one of these last night and I agree with wzrdreams, the top stitching is very confusing.

    I’m not a fan of the color combo in this particular interpretation of the garment, but I do like it as a dress and plan to make one for a bridal shower this summer, out of some bright flowery material. This post was encouraging to me :)

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    Jun 14, 2010, 06.32 PMby wzrdreams

    I’ve always been confused by the instructions for this pattern because the technical images show what looks like top stitching between the front bust darts and vertical darts. This dashed stitching line shows in several steps, but there are no specific instructions about it and the garment photos don’t show this detail. I would like some further explanation about this…. what’s that dotted line all about?

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      Jun 15, 2010, 06.10 PMby alisondahl

      Hi there, I am going to try to help this issue. So the top-stitching is just a decorative stitch between the beginnings of the front & side darts, and mimicked on the back as well. It’s non-functional, simply a decoration. I will add that step into the instructions too.

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    Jun 14, 2010, 05.51 PMby ashchaser

    I do like this pattern alot, and am not into that fabric either. It does not bring out the features of the dress very well, for me…yet I too am stuck on crazy prints and colors so will just have to do one for myself!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 03.50 PMby deedee7

    I actually really like this! great job!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 03.39 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    I don’t complain about your re-fashion-thing alot. Most times I think it’s funny to see, how you can alter a pattern, but this is just almost nothing, besides changing the fabric!? It’s boring and not something one could wear to a summer-party. A little too much Star Trek meets cheap poly-satin for me. No more complaining. Keep up the good work, you usually do :-)

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      Jun 14, 2010, 03.45 PMby Dani Restercher

      Yeah to be honest I’ll be a bit of a cow about it and say the fabric looks cheap, the dress itself looks cheap. It’s dull and it’s unflattering. At least on the other restyles they tend to look nice but this one is just nothing special at all..

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      Jun 14, 2010, 03.48 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

      I guess we’re just used to a little more colour and fun in the EU? ;-)

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      Jun 14, 2010, 03.49 PMby Dani Restercher

      :) perhaps we are

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      Jun 14, 2010, 09.56 PMby Geeky Seamstress

      I agree… this is just pants :-( .. but I don’t really like the dress anyway… I dont think they could do anything with it that I’d like… but I do like star trek :-) for me this is not enough star trek :D

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    Jun 14, 2010, 02.54 PMby Dani Restercher

    Two months and 9 days since a pattern has been released by burdastyle. And I’m being a child and complaining…

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      Jun 14, 2010, 06.50 PMby Dani Restercher

      What? You don’t know what I’m doing with my time. That made no sense at all. I’ve been waiting for weeks and if you saw my purchase history you’d know I have been making things.

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      Jun 14, 2010, 08.04 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

      wzr – that’s just rude.

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      Jun 14, 2010, 08.23 PMby wzrdreams

      sigh… I know this is the internet and tone can be lost in writing. I was answering you as I would a child who wines about being bored. I thought I was answering you in the same spirit as your original post. If you were offended, I apologize.

      You are correct, I don’t know what you are doing with your time. I like to stock pile patterns as well, but I don’t have time to make all the patterns I buy. Do you make everything you buy?

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      Jun 14, 2010, 09.03 PMby Dani Restercher


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