Added Nov 4, 2012
Vogue 8555: MISSES’ DRESS: Dresses A, B, C, D, E, F have lined bodice, front pleats, front gathers, back darts, self-faced midriff, back zipper and skirt variation. A, B, C: lined, slim skirt in two lengths with front and back darts, back slit. D, E, F: skirt in two lengths with front and back pleats, pleat underlay and side seam pockets. A, D: gathered sleeves with sleeve bands. B, F: purchased belt. A, B, D, E: mid-knee length. C, F: below mid-calf length.
The instructions are very clear, although I do not really like the way they construct the garment, so I ignored quite a few of Vogue’s steps. If you choose to follow the printed directions, the lining and dress is basted together and then the zipper is applied. This leaves raw edges instead of using the lining to keep everything looking beautiful on the inside and outside (which is very important to me).
Instead, I applied my zipper, and then folded the lining over those raw edges.
This basic silhouette is really great – there are so many different options.
And I really like the neckline pleats! Although, if you really hate pleats, they could easily be made into darts.
I originally meant to make a flap opening at the lower back center, but while focusing on matching plaid, I managed to cut the pattern as drafted. Whoops! Good think this skirt is not extremely short and the slit is not very high.
More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.
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