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Dress Pattern Edits: Special Occasion Gowns

We might not have much of a need for special occasion dresses at the moment, but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming about making them. If sewing amazing frocks is what brings you joy, then why stop? Our new motto: life’s too short to stop making beautiful clothes.

We have gathered some amazing special occasion gowns (plus a bonus outfit!) and hopefully you’ll feel inspired to make your own frock and get excited for future special occasions.

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Pattern: McCall’s 8087.

Looking for a relaxed bohemian chic look? McCall’s 8087 features an elasticated off-the-shoulder bodice with a playful deep ruffle. The pattern includes different length and bodice variations.

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Pattern: Simplicity 9012.

This playful dress is designed by Cynthia Rowley. It is a loose-fitting mini-dress that features a neckline that is gathered to ruffle, a stand up collar, and raglan sleeves with tiered frills.

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Pattern: McCall’s 8038.

Stylish and super chic, McCall’s 8038 features a stunning deep-plunge back! The pattern includes three sleeve variations: short sleeves, sleeveless, and full-length sleeves. You’ll also have the option to add a small fish-tail hem.

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Pattern: Vogue 1725.

Vogue 1725 has a close-fitting, bias-cut bodice and sleeves. But the asymmetrical skirt with a front cut-away hem detail is definitely stealing the show!

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Pattern: Simplicity 9010.

Casual, chic, and comfy. Does that sound like something you are looking for in a special occasion dress? Then look no further then Simplicity 9010. It’s a loose-fitting dress with an elasticated waist and grown-on sleeves. Options include a cross-over back neckline and short or midi-length.

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Pattern: Vogue 1607.

Is a dress not something you would like to wear on a special occasion? Vogue 1607 includes a top, a skirt and trousers. They all have beautiful seam details, a back zipper, and stitched hems. Our favourite feature is the asymmetrical hem and side slit of the top.

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Pattern: McCall’s 8037.

The fitted bodice of McCall’s 8037 features a plunging front neckline with an eye-catching tie detail or a deep cowl-neckline. You’ll have the option to make it sleeveless or to add full-length sleeves.

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Pattern: Vogue 1723.

Want to stand out from the crowd? Vogue 1723 is for you! It is a very loose-fitting, lined dress, with a stand collar extending into ties at back, a slit opening at the neck, side seam pockets, and balloon sleeves with stay.

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Pattern: Simplicity 8289.

We’re pretty sure we can all agree that making a wedding dress is the most special of special occasion dresses. Simplicity 8289 features a princess seam bodice with or without lace overlay with gallon lace back interest. The skirt can also be made with or without drapes in various lengths.