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New Years Eve Cocktail Dress - Cynthia Rowley 1873

Added Dec 31, 2014

by brookeannblank

Cincinnati, Ohio...






Of course, in a mad dash to make a dress for New Years Eve in 2 days, I decided to pick a nice, complicated pattern. Ok, so the pattern really wasn’t that complicated, but the pleats were a pain. I cut out the pattern on Sunday, cut the pieces and put together the bodice on Monday, pleated the skirt, attached it and put in the zipper on Tuesday, then finished by hand-stitching the lining, buttons and hook and eye. Lastly, I hemmed it with hem tape and a 2.5″ hem. The fabric I used is a sort of poly/nylon blend with the loose weave of linen. It drapes really well and has a nice sheen to it. Perfect for a party. This pattern definitely has a sort of 60s retro look to it with the scoop neckline and tab details. I used two mother of pearl buttons to add some more metallic elements. Pretty pleased with the way it turned out!

Material Notes

I used a poly/nylon woven fabric.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Preppy, Romantic
Cotton, Blends, Eyelet, Linen, Polyester, Rayon, Taffeta

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    Jan 14, 2015, 10.17 AMby yenny lee


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    Jan 10, 2015, 09.48 AMby sewing fanatic

    its a gorgeous dress

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    Jan 7, 2015, 11.25 PMby brookeannblank

    Thanks everyone!

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    Jan 2, 2015, 08.00 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Beautiful dress! I’m sure you got a lot of nice comments new years eve! ;-)

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    Jan 2, 2015, 07.26 AMby floralgirl

    What a lovely dress!! Love the colour too

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    Jan 1, 2015, 11.41 PMby liliv-1

    Lovely :-)

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    Jan 1, 2015, 07.27 PMby Mary Athey

    The dress is lovely, happy new year x

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