Vogue 8870 came out, I was first at the store to buy it. This pattern has two options- one with a very slight high low hem, and another more dramatic one. You can see the difference in these line drawings:
Adrienne's Blog. I decided to dip my toes in the water and try the more moderate view- View A. Even though there is probably about a foot between the highest point in the front and the lowest point in the back, it doesn't seem that much when you are wearing it. I added 2 inches to the length all over. Here is the back view:
Did I mention the pattern has pockets? This is a huge bonus to me. It only takes an extra 15 minutes or so to put in pockets, but I feel it makes all the difference in whether or not I will get a lot of wear out of dress. So, thank you, Vogue for including them.
This is an easy dress for beginners. I made the large, but from past experience, I knew that a large would gape at the front in a wrapped bodice style like this, so I shortened the bodice at the shoulders about 1/2", on both the front and back pieces. I also overlapped the front a little more than the markings indicated. Just enough so that the wrapped bodice feels secure. There is an elastic casing at the waist, so you can wear it without a belt, but I think it looks better with one.
I like the dress, but kind of wish I had made the more dramatic hemline. I might make it again in a linen, or even a jersey knit. What do you think of this silhouette?