The Classic Cocktail Dress: Make Your Own This Party Season

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Sewing | Comments


The holiday season is right around the corner! Your mailbox is sure to be bursting with invitations to one holiday party after another, and you’ll be well dressed from Thanksgiving through the New Year with a fabulous frock (or two!). Whether you’re looking for something short and flirty or a dress that’s a little more demure, there’s a cocktail dress sewing pattern that’s perfect for you.

Here’s a roundup of some classic cocktail dresses to stitch up for the upcoming party season!

Strapless

Lace Dress on Mannequin

Photo via Craftsy member gia65ph

If you’re ready to knock some socks off, the Bombshell Dress is the one for you. Craftsy member gia65ph made this gorgeous lace and tulle version while enrolled in Gretchen Hirsch’s Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress class.

Marian's Women's Lacy A-Line Knit Dress, Pattern on Craftsy

Photo via Craftsy member Cr8KidsCouture

Sew up a simple A-line knit dress, like this one by Craftsy member Cr8KidsCouture. This simple strapless dress would be a great way to practice sewing with knits. Get the pattern.

One-shoulder

Faith's 25 minute dress, Pattern on Craftsy.com

Photo via Craftsy member Design Fixation

Got a last-minute party invite and nothing to wear? Whip up this one-shoulder dress in less than 30 minutes. Add a statement necklace and you’re good to go! Get the pattern.

One Shouldered Bow Dress, Pattern on Craftsy

Photo via Craftsy member Pattern Runway

I love the bow detail on this one-shoulder dress from Craftsy member Pattern Runway. Simple and classy! Get the pattern.

Strappy

Faith's 15 minute dress, Pattern on www.craftsy.com

Faith’s 15 Minute Dress via Craftsy member Design Fixation

Not only can this dress be made in 15 minutes (it has just four seams!), but it can also be worn in different ways, so you can mix it up throughout the holiday season. Get the pattern.

Sleeveless

Spring Formal Dress, Craftsy.com Member Project

Photo via Craftsy member UAviles

The Couture Dress has so many possible variations! I love the full skirt and waist detail in this version by Craftsy member UAviles, who learned how to make this in Susan Khalje’s The Couture Dress Craftsy class.

Lace-Up Backless DressPhoto via Craftsy member -Valery-

The scalloped edges and lace-up back make this pattern unique, and it would look gorgeous in satin. Get the pattern.

 

Sleeves

Colorful Patterned Vintage-Inspired Flirt Day Dress

Photo via Craftsy instructor Laura Nash

For a dress that oozes charm and vintage flair, the Flirty Day Dress is the perfect choice. I love the party-ready version made in voile by Craftsy instructor Laura Nash. Learn how to make your own in her Craftsy class Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress.

Merry and Bright sewing, pattern on craftsyPhoto via Craftsy member Sewing In No Mans Land

This wrap dress pattern is perfect if you’re looking for a cocktail dress that errs on the side of demure. Although the pattern is only available as a size 6, you can grade the pattern up or down to fit your measurements. Get the pattern.

Peter Pan collar

Peter Pan Pixie Dress, Pattern on www.craftsy.com

Photo via Craftsy member Atelier Joy

The Bridget dress pattern features a very on-trend Peter Pan collar, and can easily go from day to night. Just swap out your shoes and accessories and you’ll be ready to hit up a festive holiday party after a day at the office! Get the pattern.

Are you making any cocktail dresses to wear this holiday season?

Comments

  1. Marlene Darby says:

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  2. GWEN holy oak says:

    Vintage flity day dress I got to have this dress how do I get this exactly as is no I’m no sewer