This pattern is definitely a departure for me. I don't sew a lot of Vogue patterns; I don't wear dresses all that often; and I tend to wear more fitted garments (this one is described as loose-fitting). That said, I just love the little gathered collar and the interesting curved seam lines -- and since I have this great batik fabric from Hawaii that I've been hoarding for a couple of years, I thought I would give this a try. The fronts have interesting pleating and beautiful curved seams!
Some considerations for this pattern:
1. The pattern says it is loose fitting, but I think "very very loose fitting" is more accurate. I traced out a size that is on the lower end of my range for Vogue patterns (size 10), but I think I could have easily gone with the size 8 and it would have fit better.
2. Check the size of the yoke first to make sure it will fit. I ended up decreasing the width by 0.5 inches to be more fitted, which is typical for my petite self. As long as the yoke fits you, you can then play around with the seam lines (side seam and one of the vertical seam lines in front) to adjust the fit.
3. I guess I'm used to a more fitted silhouette, because when I tried this on (I didn't make a muslin), it looked like a big tent. There was a lot of fullness, especially from the bust down. I know it is the style of this dress, but for me, a more fitted bodice is flattering -- not tight, but just a bit closer to the body -- so I ended up taking out a significant amount from the side seams and a bit from the center back seam. Just a note -- I finished all of the vertical seams at that point because I made flat felled seams, so I couldn't use other seam lines to refine the fit. I hand-basted the side seams to refine the fit.
4. A different fabric may have been a better choice. While I envisioned the style would look great in my batik fabric, I think it might be too crisp for this style. A fabric with more drape would probably have made it look less like a big tent, and I may have been able to get away with taking out less from the side seams.
I'm working on the collar and the sleeves now -- very cute so far!