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The Silk Taffeta Dress

Added Apr 8, 2014

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






This is the hardest thing I’ve ever made. It’s Vogue pattern V1108, is made with silk taffeta, is boned, lined, interfaced, and has a foundation inside it. There is a total of five different fabrics in it to make all the different parts. Because the front and back are gathered into pleats, the pattern pieces were curved and a bit complicated to cut out. It closes with an invisible zipper at the side and hook and eye closures on the right shoulder. I actually made a stupid mistake when I started this pattern – I pinned the pattern pieces on the wrong side of the fabric! It wasn’t a problem, though, because it just meant I mirrored the original pattern, so my bow and gathers are on the right rather than on the left like the original pattern. Silly mistake to make, but doesn’t really matter for the final dress.

I bought the fabric first, late last year. My cousin was getting married, so I decided I’d use this fabric and make something to wear using this fabric. Given the fabric is taffeta I needed to find a pattern that was more structured and needed a slightly stiffer fabric. I found this Vogue pattern looking online and thought it was perfect. When I opened it up and read the instructions I was a lot daunted because of how long and detailed the instructions were, but I did have a month to get it made (still took most of the month to do!). It took a lot of work, but wasn’t as bad to make as I’d worried. I don’t know that I’ll use boning again any time soon, but I do like the effect it has in this dress. Although with the boning, fitted skirt, and off the shoulder neckline, this isn’t a dress for moving around a lot in!

The photos are a bit shiny because they were taken in the late afternoon with the sun low to the horizon and taffeta is shiny anyway. The last close up photo of the inside shows the colour of the fabric a bit more clearly.

Material Notes

2 metres silk taffeta




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Classic, Romantic
Silk, Taffeta

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    Apr 9, 2014, 02.41 PMby kisses

    Fabulous with a classy appeal. Looks good on

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      Apr 10, 2014, 06.43 AMby pambox

      I so rarely do classy, but after this dress I feel like I should do more classy clothes!

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    Apr 9, 2014, 03.40 AMby alei

    Very, very beautiful. I love this, well done to you.

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      Apr 10, 2014, 06.44 AMby pambox


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    Apr 8, 2014, 05.51 PMby SassyT

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      Apr 10, 2014, 06.44 AMby pambox

      Thank you

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    Apr 8, 2014, 04.20 PMby yenny lee

    Gorgeous! :)

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      Apr 10, 2014, 06.43 AMby pambox

      Thanks yenny!

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    Apr 8, 2014, 03.52 PMby liliv-1

    Wow this is so classy!

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      Apr 10, 2014, 06.41 AMby pambox

      Thanks – I felt like I needed to act classy in it because of how it looks!

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    Apr 8, 2014, 03.49 PMby ariation

    Great job! It looks really good

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    Apr 8, 2014, 01.56 PMby thenevergirl

    This is so goergous! I absolutely love your fabric choice too.

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      Apr 10, 2014, 06.42 AMby pambox

      It’s a beautiful fabric, isn’t it? And luckily not hard to work with.

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    Apr 8, 2014, 12.47 PMby slmnstyle

    Gorgeous dress! All of your hard work paid off on this project. Very nice!

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      Apr 10, 2014, 06.41 AMby pambox

      Thanks, it’s always nice when you get something great out of so much work!

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