Back's a bit wrinkly from sitting at my desk all day...
This is the long-sleeved version of Vogue 8511. I luhv the skirt's double pleats, with a single inverted pleat in the middle. I think it's a very distinct detail.
The fabric is a cotton/wool blend from WinMil Fabrics in Boston.
I'm not super thrilled with the sleeves. They are wider than the envelope picture indicates. The shoulders are slightly dropped as well, so are less fitted than I'd have prefered. However, the pattern would likely not be Very Easy Vogue if the top were more tailored.
Only the bodice of this dress is lined; I put a full lining in this dress for winter-wear. I did a straight lining, using the skirt back as a guide. The bodice is shaped by princess seams, which were so easy to sew. Even the sleeves went in very easily. I inserted an invisible zipper, which for some reason did not want to go in easily. All of these steps made the dress relatively time-consuming. Thankfully, I did figure out how to insert the lining by machine, which saved a ton of time!
The dress could veer into prim territory - so when I wore it to work today, I paired it with sexy pumps, a loose ponytail, and what I think are my slightly subversive vintage specs from Brimfield. I was going for a Michael Kors look:
(I am endlessly inspired by his Fall 2008 RTW show.)
Overall, I really like this dress. A lady at the elevator said: "That's a great dress you're wearing - it's.... different." In a good way, I think!
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Off to Paris Saturday night, and I need to pack. I'm remembering the advice to pack light. Have a great Thanksgiving week!