Added Aug 4, 2013
Vogue 1207: MISSES’ DRESS: Close-fitting, A-line, above mid-knee length, lined dress has front and back pleats, gathers, back darts, bias short sleeves, side seam pockets, back invisible zipper, front scooped neckline and back deep V-neckline.
The instructions are very clear. That being said, I agree with the average rating on the pattern. There are a few tricky corners that can be irritating depending on fabric choice. This design would probably be a bit frustrating for a real beginner.
I initially passed this design by, but after seeing so many cute versions, decided that it was worth my time. The drapey sleeves are a great feature, and one that I have never tried before.
I did not like the fact that as drafted, the dress would require a backless bra – so I messed with the back and the length to make wearing a standard bra an option. I added 5 inches to the bodice back, extending the straight edge of the center back and re-drawing the angled neckline for both the bodice and bodice lining pieces.
Even with the bodice back alteration, there is no way the shoulders were going to stay in place. So I made my own lingerie guards with some ribbon and snaps.
Most of the modern Vogue designs are a little shorter than I am comfortable with, so I added a couple of inches to the skirt length as well.
I am pleased with the end result, but I really need to stop being seduced by the yardage requirements on contemporary patterns. They only require 1.5 yards because they are way too short for me!
More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.