Added Jul 4, 2013
Vogue 1117: Misses’ Dress: Lined, fitted dress, below mid-knee length has pleated bodice, tucked front, invisible back zipper and center back slit.
These instructions are unlike anything else I have come across. In the end, the insides look very RTW. The only issue is fitting – the whole thing has to be put together before the fit can be assessed, which was a problem for me. I actually like the facings attached to the lining – it makes for a very clean interior. But I like to fit as I am mid-construction, which did not work for this particular pattern.
I added my usual 3/4" to the torso length.
I also added a kick-pleat to the center back slit. I am always paranoid that a back slit will somehow rip open during the day and I will be unaware that I am flashing more skin than I am comfortable with. This actually happens: I once saw a woman walking down the street in a tight-fitting pencil skirt whose slit had obviously ripped and it was not pretty. I now do my best to prevent this from happening to my clothing!
This dress was constructed back in 2010, but I never wore the darn thing because I was unhappy with how it looked. To make it wearable, I left the top few inches unzipped, folded the excess under and pulled the top of the dress off my shoulders. The waist was a bit big, and not very flattering, so I pulled it in with some grosgrain ribbon.
I am thrilled that I finally made this dress work for me! And it only took three years!
More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.
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