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Vintage-Inspired Cocktail Dress

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Vintage-Inspired Cocktail Dress
Vintage-Inspired Cocktail Dress
Vintage-Inspired Cocktail Dress
Vintage-Inspired Cocktail Dress
Vintage-Inspired Cocktail Dress

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • use Your sewing machine/serger
  • take measurements
  • work with pdf-patterns

Pattern Description:

Summer parties demand a pretty dress. This one has a circle hem in two layers, and a corset-shaped bodice. The dress is at its best when made with cotton, but You can use taffeta, satin, or even a discarded table cloth. The dress has a zipper in the back, and channels that can be used to bone the bodice.

The pattern consist of two parts: the bodice comes as an ordinary pdf-pattern in five sizes, but the hem needs to be drafted. Your download includes a pattern sheet for the bodice, and a fully illustrated tutorial on how to draft the hem of the dress in quick, easy steps, and how to sew the entire dress.

The bodice pattern includes following sizes:
34: Bust 31,5, waist 25,2, front length 10,4, back length 8
36: Bust 33, waist 26,7, front length 10,8, back length 8,4
38: Bust 34,6, waist 28,3, front length 11,2, back length 8,8
40: Bust 36,2, waist 29,9, front length 11,6, back length 9,2
42: Bust 37,8, waist 31,5, front length 12, back length 9,6

The tutorial is written in Finnish and English.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • pattern include sizes 34-42


  • at least 80" of 60" wide fabric
  • at least 1 yd of contrasting fabric
  • one zipper, 15" ->
  • a bit of bias tape to bind the top of the bodice

You Will Also Need:

  • sewing machine and a serger
  • notions You like to use when sewing
  • printer, paper and tape to put the pattern together
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About the designer

I am a Finnish indie author and designer, self-taught seamstress with a degree and a passion to create. I run a small business in fashion, offering both unique, one-of-a-kind pret a porter garments ...

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