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...It was the hottest ticket of the party season, and Cynthia was thrilled to have snagged an invite. But why on earth did the Sly Languish PR Agency have to be so quite so... understated on the invitation? For the dress code for their Christmas party had simply read "Dress: Up" which (unless you were a stiltwalker) was clever -yes, certainly clever- but also downright maddeningly unhelpful.
So she'd played it safe, and opted for the "less is more" approach: her blue satin cocktail dress, with heels she could still walk in, and long sleeves so she wouldn't freeze at the bus stop later. But across the room she could see Margery Leadbetter had gone for the "more is more" approach. Margery was wafting about in a full-on floral organza ballgown, complete with chiffon drapery and long gloves.
Cynthia hoped Margery didn't have to travel by bus. Had she played it too safe herself? Oh well. At least the good thing about the downright ambiguous dress code was that made for sartorial variety.
But the bad thing was that same ambiguity clearly permeated the entire office building, for now there was the problem of the rest-room signs to decipher. They too, were also, oh-so-amusingly ambiguous and understated. One door simply bore a circle symbol with a pair of angel wings on, while the other door had a circle with devil's horns.
Cynthia stared at the two portals. She'd thought the evening would be absolute heaven, but the realisation occurred to her that this could rapidly turn into the party from hell...


Gorgeous wrap-effect evening dress by Vogue Special Design:

"Slim skirt in two lengths with optional gathered over-skirt joins midriff of bodice at waistline. Surplice bodice front with or without applied drapery. Long sleeves or sleeveless."


32" bust, 34" hip


Pattern has no date printed, but is from the 1950s.


All pattern pieces and instructions are present and correct. Some printed pattern pieces are still uncut, some have been very neatly cut (original cutting lines are still visible) and all are in very good re-usable condition.

The envelope is generally in good vintage condition. A previous owner has taped a tiny tear on the front right, and made a couple of notations in pen on the envelope back.


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Vintage 1950s cocktail dress sewing pattern - Vogue Special Design 4160 - Bust 32


  • Vintage Supply from the 1950s
  • Materials: pattern, ink, tissue, paper
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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