Linda Gray of ‘Dallas’ models silk dresses to sew (1982)

For the rich girl look at penny-pincher prices, sew silk!

Opulent enough even for Linda Gray (Dallas’ superspender Sue Ellen Ewing), who models them here, our high-style silk dresses are also simple to sew — and cost a fraction of their ready-made counterparts.

$35: Dazzle of a dress in glimmering silk shantung by Dorchester, a Jonathan Hitchcock design. Simplicity pattern 5336.

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$75: Chic silk jacquard by Wellman in a bow-tied blouse and dirndl skirt. An Adolofo design. Simplicity pattern 5192.

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$95: Floral silk chiffon from Stylecrest, and a super-easy pattern make this dreamy butterfly-sleeve dress. Simplicity pattern 5145

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$33.50: Pastel peach silk crepe de chine, perfect for this slither of a dress, designed by Cathy Hardwick. Stylecrest fabric. Simplicity pattern 9518.

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