High Low Hem Dress

High low hems are taking over the stores this season.  I wasn't sure if I could pull this look off, but was very tempted to try it.  When 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:
You can see a gorgeous version of View B on 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:
The fabric is a rayon challis that I got in a mystery bundle birthday gift from my friend Priscilla.  It's wonderful to have a friend who knows what you really want for your birthday!  My family would never indulge me with fabric, and believe me, I've asked!  Anyway, it was perfect for this pattern.

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?

Happy Sewing!


  1. Beautiful fabric. I think the more dramatic hem would be fun to try in a jersey.

  2. Very pretty, I agree more dramatic hemline and I think a jersey would drape the nicest.

  3. That is a very cute spring dress!

  4. The dress looks really nice on you and I think the hem looks fun in both this version and the longer one.

  5. This is a spring cutie! I have been leery of the high low, but yours is subtle and floaty. I'm a convert.

  6. Very pretty dress and fabric. As usual, looks great on you.

  7. Lovely dress! Very spring/summer feeling.

  8. I think the dress looks great. I have not yet been brave enough to try this trend myself. ~Major Moma


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