Dresses Sewing Pattern

Sophisticated City Dress Vintage Vogue 1171

Inspired by the Ladies Home Journal from 1958 I decided to alter the collar and skirt from Vogue Pattern 1171 slightly and Voilà my ‘sophisticated city dress’ was created.

Ladies Home Magazine 1958

Now it wouldn´t be me if I would just copy a dress I saw in a vintage magazine.

This great photo was just a starting point for my creative progress.


Sophisticated City Dress by Anna Bodewig Vintage


Unfortunately for you this gorgeous and highly recommended pattern is out of print but I have seen it on Etsy and eBay a lot so you can still get a copy I would assume.


Sewing Summary:


Pattern: Vogue 1171

Fabric: 100% white cotton and 100% cotton polka dot small black/white (bought from stoffe.de)


  • cover buttons from prym 24“ / 15mm
  • Zipper
  • Gütermann Col. 000 black
  • Gütermann Col.800 white
  • Petersham Ribbon black
  • Hook and Bar
  • Edge tape interfacing
  • Arm shields white
  • Buckle Kit
  • Cotton batist fusible interfacing

Sewing Time: 2 afternoons

Modifications: FBA, dirndl skirt and rounded collar points

Fit: Like a Glove

Difficulty: easy imho

Watch out for ( view B) : The pattern doesn´t ask for interfacing your upper collar which I recommend. Also cut away 1/8“ from your under collar for a nicer drape.

Make again? Yes please. I love this great pattern with opportunities for casual day dresses or elegant afternoon / evening dresses.


Thank you so much for reading about my new dress. Best wishes, Anna

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