The Classic Cocktail Dress: Make Your Own This Party Season

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!


Lace Dress on Mannequin

Photo via Bluprint member gia65ph

If you’re ready to knock some socks off, the Bombshell Dress is the one for you. Bluprint member gia65ph made this gorgeous lace and tulle version.

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

Photo via Bluprint member Cr8KidsCouture

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


Faith's 25 minute dress, Pattern on

Photo via Bluprint 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 Bluprint

Photo via Bluprint member Pattern Runway

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


Faith's 15 minute dress, Pattern on

Faith’s 15 Minute Dress via Bluprint 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.


Spring Formal Dress, Member Project

Photo via Bluprint member UAviles

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

Lace-Up Backless DressPhoto via Bluprint member -Valery-

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



Colorful Patterned Vintage-Inspired Flirt Day Dress

Photo via Bluprint 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 Bluprint instructor Laura Nash. Learn how to make your own in her Bluprint class Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress.

Merry and Bright sewing, pattern on craftsyPhoto via Bluprint 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

Photo via Bluprint 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?

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