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Summertime Cotton

Added Jul 4, 2013

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






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.

Material Notes

Cotton; Rayon lining




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Jul 7, 2013, 12.54 AMby smallone

    love what you’ve done here, you totally Lauramae-ized this dress!!…who knew from that rather drab pattern envelope (yes we all continue to wonder what the good people at vogue are thinking) that it could look this fabulous!!! added bonus neckline is really stunning for you.

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    Jul 6, 2013, 05.17 PMby christine

    Love it! I’m a sucker for blue and white print.

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    Jul 4, 2013, 09.43 PMby cris orange

    wonderful dress! I didn´t know this Michael Kors pattern and I looked for it now on the Vogue site, but it seems to be out of print…

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    Jul 4, 2013, 10.10 AMby Jelena Mitic

    Fantastic cleavage, great figure! Love it!

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    Jul 4, 2013, 09.48 AMby katensew

    Very stylish despite the problems you had.

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    Jul 4, 2013, 08.04 AMby Mary Athey

    its gorgeous on you. the ribbons a lovely touch round the waist. the fabric’s fab as well x

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