Cocktails, Anyone? Cocktail Dress Patterns at GoofingOff Sewing

What is it about a  cocktail dress that makes a woman feel sexy? Is it the silky fabric that clings in the right places….that turns a walk into an event to observe…the little extra wriggle in the walk?  That’s the go to dress for date night or a friend’s wedding. From the LBD to the Lady in Red they add something special to the night…

Here’s a few dress patterns to make that special cocktail dress.

Vogue 1895 by Designers Tom and Linda Platt. Note the sweetheart neckline. 

 

Simplicity 8841 with fitted bodice and spaghetti straps from Jessica McClintock

 

Vogue 8149 Strapless with fitted bodice….

 

Butterick 5541 Draped dress with a sleek, sexy silhouette.

 

 

Butterick 3514 Sleek silhouette with a slit to show “just a little bit.” 

 

McCall’s 5770 from the early 1960’s with fitted bodice and flared skirt. 

 

Advance 8728 from the 1950’s. The trapeze dress, first designed by Yves  St. Laurent (who else?).   Fitted at the shoulders, widening at the hips. Proper cocktail length somewhere around the knees.

Do I have one in my closet? Really? At least one, in black, close fitting to wear on special occasions, like date night or talking to the tax man….of course.

Post by Eileen Patterson….who is GoofingOff.
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New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

Simplicity 7534 Misses’ Mini Dress in size 16, Bust 38 inches from 1968….COMPLETE 

It was a very rainy morning, my day off sandwiched between work days….Lots to do but never too much that I can’t list a few patterns. The rain inspired me to make soup…2 pots (tonight and later this week), get laundry done (just have to iron my scrubs…yes, iron..with my 1950’s old fashioned iron), and pack weekend purchases. Now it’s coffee time and a chance to show off the latest listings.

Vintage Vogue 7734 Misses’ Jacket, Skirt, and Pants in size 14-18 UNCUT OK, I really like this jacket. I could wrap up in it and stay warm by the fire. Love it.
Vogue 9382 Misses’ Unlined Jackets in size 6-8-10 from 1985. UNCUT A little bit 80’s?
Simplicity 5556 Misses’ Jiffy Knits Dress in size 12, bust 34 inches from 1973 COMPLETE I love Jiffy patterns…..quick and easy, put it together and go. Yippee!

 

Butterick 5192 Misses’ Jacket and Pants with Ready-to-Wear-Sizing by Designer Connie Crawford. UNCUT
The pattern size is Xsmall to X large. The pattern appears uncut but it isn’t factory folded.

 

 

Simplicity 8350 Misses Tops, Dress, Skirts and Shorts from Pre-shirred fabric in size 12, bust 34 from 1978. Partially UNCUT 
So I made a dress out of pre-shirred fabric for my candle lighting ceremony. We got our nursing pins and recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge. I still have the dress….somewhere.  I am a disorganized sentimentalist. 

 

Simplicity 9365 Misses’ Blouses for Knit Fabrics from 1971 in size 16, Bust 38. Partially UNCUT
So I was in love with the hairdos on this pattern back in the day. I tried to get my hair to be like view 2….but that’s where my hair gets frizzy…like stick-your-finger-in-a-light-socket frizzy. 

 

 

New Look 6040 Misses Dresses, 7 views, size 8-18. UNCUT

 

Simplicity 6001 Girls’ Caftans in size 8 or 12 from 1973. COMPLETE

 

Butterick 4194, Girls’ Sew n go Flared Skirt in size 8. COMPLETE A quick flare skirt would be great for the young ballerina or gymnast. 

 

See & Sew 5541 by Butterick, Misses’ Draped Dress in size 8-10-12, bust 31-34 inches. COMPLETE 
Ok, I am obsessed by this dress. I love the drape. It gives it a very elegant look.

 

McCall’s 3715 Girls’ Jacket, Top, Pants, and Skirt in size 7. For Unbonded Stretchable knits. COMPLETE A little girl in bell bottoms….how cute!

So, that’s it for now. There’s more coming….. I have a stack….serious stack…..of stuffed animal patterns from the 80’s, all uncut. There’s a Christmas in July Pattern Sale coming real soon and all the crafty patterns….dolls, doll clothes, and animals and the like will be 40% off….Like Cabbage Patch and Berenstain Bears.  Watch for it and grab your favorites for holiday sewing.
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Patti Pages’ Magic Dress

Patti Page's Magic Dress Designed by Joseph Fretwell III early 1960's

Patti Page’s Magic Dress Designed by Joseph Fretwell III early 1960’s

One of the benefits of selling patterns is the things that come with them. People who sew are a little bit pack rat. They save newspaper clippings, magazine articles, swatches of fabric, and old patterns that struck their fancy. One woman called her mom a “Wanna-do.” “She wanted to do lots of things but never had the time so she kept the stuff…just in case she found the time” she said.

In one of the Wanna do’s pattern boxes I found an magazine clipping from “This Week”, a magazine that arrived on Sunday mornings with the newspaper. This clipping was about Patti Page’s Magic Dress. Patti Page was a popular singing star (How Much is That Doggy in the Window) and had her own TV show on ABC in 1960-1962. The dress was designed by Joseph Fretwell III, her designer (he went on to do costume design for the Exorcist and the French Connection). The dress was described as “Anywhere—Anytime Dress. According to Joan Rattner, Mr. Fretwell “came up with the idea of the basic dress with added parts…….you’ll welcome this interesting way to look different as well as pretty from morning to late evening with only one dress.”

The Dress that has everything.

The Dress that has everything.

Part No. 1: The dress is a “slim, flattering sheath with a scooped neck and slim belt.” One is advised to “make it in a firm fabric with contrasting textured trim.

“Part No. 2: A luxuriously full overskirt, belted over the dress and open down the front. ”

“Part No.3: A matching easy-fitting jacket finished off with a shaped band just short of the hip bone.”

“Part No.4: A filmy trapeze worn over the dress for evening. Made very full, its light chiffon folds are belted in front.”

The pattern cost $1.50 and was available through the magazine using the “coupon on page 14 …..that makes you eligible for entering a $1000 teen-age sewing contest.

Anywhere---Anytime dress

Anywhere—Anytime dress

Alas, the coupon is long gone and the dates were carefully cut from the clipping. Despite this, it is still a treasure to enjoy.

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Love always….Here’s to sewing straight seams and irons that stay smooth.

Post by Eileen Patterson….who is GoofingOff.