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Autumn Wedding

Added Jun 12, 2010

by rifka

Denver, Colorado...






Warning: This dress pattern is not for the faint of heart. It’s Cynthia Steffe for Vogue (V1174). I’ve been looking for an opportunity to try this pattern out and when we received an invite to attend a September wedding, I knew just what to make.

Dress is fully lined, has a foundation with boning, waist stay, piping detail and an invisible zip just to mention a few features. Approximately thirty-five cut pieces later and many, many hours of testing my patience, I have my dress! I ending up making it two sizes smaller, but of coarse only after I had already test fitted and sewn the bodice once in full. Some of us learn the hard way. Look at that foundation though! I have never seen such a beautiful interior design. Also notice that the skirt is sewn on top of the bodice, pleats and all. This is something I had not noticed myself until I began the pattern.

Still not sure I choose the best fabric for this dress. I may have to have another go at it using a solid color with more contrasting piping. Only alteration I made was to add some additional piping to the top edge of bodice. Made some matching flowers for my hair as well.

Material Notes

Cotton Print , China Silk Lining




Garment Type

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    Feb 10, 2013, 06.07 PMby maybbm

    Your version looks perfect. What type of cotton did you use? My daughter loves yours and wondering if a cotton broadcloth will do. I think broadcloth would require underlining of sorts. Any ideas will be appreciated. Thank you!


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      Mar 21, 2013, 04.27 AMby rifka

      Hello! Please accept my apologies for the delayed response. I used a bottom weight cotton with maybe a little more stretch than I’d prefer. I think broadcloth would work just fine. I would suggest something on the substantial side as there is a lot of piecing things together and a lighter weight fabric could be a nightmare. Good luck!

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    Oct 7, 2010, 12.43 PMby redslippers

    i think the fabric choice is fantastic. it looks stunning and so very well sewn. i’m pretty keen to give this pattern a go too.

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    Jun 16, 2010, 03.47 AMby 6kidsathome

    Just stunning. You just might outshine the bride.

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    Jun 16, 2010, 01.08 AMby daludestar

    Just beautiful! I have this pattern as well and have slowly been inching towards it in fear. You’ve given me the inspiration to move forward though! Thank you and congrats on accomplishing it!

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      Jun 16, 2010, 02.44 AMby rifka

      Let me know if you have any questions once you get started. I’ll be happy to assist if it saves you some frustration along the way!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 01.29 PMby woman

    gosh.. the insides are amazing!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 12.35 PMby amibambini

    Uh-oh, I think you are in danger of out-shining the bride in that number hon!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 06.32 AMby sabzarap

    I have sean this pattern now a view times and every time I love the result, also yours!!!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 05.02 AMby carolyn-s

    You’ve done a beautiful job, congratulations!! I have this pattern and am planning to make it for our southern summer, so your tips are timely, thankyou. And I love your fabric choices, they really look stunning.

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    Jun 15, 2010, 02.48 AMby storres56

    What an amazing dress. The color and fabric choice was perfect. The construction on the dress is fabulous. I am inspired to try my hand at this pattern. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Jun 15, 2010, 01.29 AMby Maureen Kubisz

    I love it! The inside is as beautiful as the outside

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    Jun 14, 2010, 05.05 PMby fosteretalk

    Beautiful work and beautiful on you.

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    Jun 14, 2010, 11.09 AMby milkyway

    Simply love this dress. The fabric is so amazing love the energetic colors!! fits you great. Love the pockets. really modern. The pattern is great, is it from vogue? can I find it on ebay?? Congratulations!! love your dress!! well done

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      Jun 15, 2010, 02.52 AMby rifka

      Thank you. Yes , it is Vogue, pattern V1174. I purchased my pattern on ebay, but it is also available on the Vogue website.

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    Jun 14, 2010, 02.48 AMby sewgurlwmu

    Beautiful! You look great in it! :) Great job.

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    Jun 13, 2010, 09.13 PMby gray

    This looks really fabulous, well done!! Wow!!

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    Jun 13, 2010, 06.00 PMby janul

    This is really beautiful… I think the fabric is very good choice for this dress.

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    Jun 13, 2010, 01.58 PMby kelepso

    Well you are to be commended for your hard work. The dress looks absolutely beautiful.

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    Jun 13, 2010, 10.42 AMby assets

    All that hard work paid off Girl. You look great in this dress the workmanship is brilliant well done. I have another Vouge pattern with over 30 pieces and scared to do it.

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    Jun 13, 2010, 09.46 AMby curdis

    This is so beautiful! Really outstanding! Looks like the fabric you have chosen, works very well with the pattern.

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    Jun 13, 2010, 08.58 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    looks amazing. i really want to try this one. what was the pattern number ?:s

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    Jun 13, 2010, 02.07 AMby hstorm799

    Fantastic! This is a masterpiece. I love the print. It makes all of the details very subtle.

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    Jun 12, 2010, 11.43 PMby ajtak7171

    Oh WOW! So beautiful, looks so well crafted! I don`t know if I would dare to attempt this myself, but it surely paid out for you! Congrats! I love the fabric/piping combination… I don`t think it has to be a solid color at all, maybe it would become too graphic…. The interior is gorgeous, makes it look “haute couture”!

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    Jun 12, 2010, 09.21 PMby sittaholi

    Wow, each dress I see made of this pattern is more stunning than the last one. I may have no choice but to try it.

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    Jun 12, 2010, 09.05 PMby marloncosta

    You did a amazing job! This dress is just beautiful! You could wear it inside out, that`s how well made it looks judging by the pictures! Congratulations on such a beautiful piece!

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      Jun 13, 2010, 04.36 AMby rifka

      Thank you. The pattern is was over the top. I have quite a few formal dresses and I can’t say any of them feature the details in construction design that this one does. I guess that’s the beauty of a designer pattern.

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    Jun 12, 2010, 09.03 PMby zsyzu

    Very inspiring. You did a wonderful job. I heard Vogue patterns are challenging.

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      Jun 13, 2010, 04.32 AMby rifka

      Thanks, this one was my first although I have another lined up for my next project. The instructions were easy to follow. There were just so many steps and many I had never attempted. Great learning.

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    Jun 12, 2010, 08.49 PMby msgems

    OMG… I have this pattern… I am scared of it. I hope I can make as much of a beautiful job of it as you did. Great work!!

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    Jun 12, 2010, 08.33 PMby missdandy

    Wow – The interior is just as beautiful as the exterior! Now THAT’S the sign of a great seamstress!

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