It’s Dressmaking Time!
With midi skirts plastered all over Pinterest, I’ve been wanting to incorporate this look into a dress too… The circle skirt is such a great look for Spring and Summer months. It’s feminine and versatile.
See the look!
Sew The Look!
With this look in mind, I brought Vogue Pattern 8998 out from hiding. I first made this dress last summer for my trip to NYC.
I found some scrap fabric in my stash – a cream colored woven rayon blend for the bodice. For the waistband and skirt, I used a knit suiting fabric with tribal print.
- Self drafted the skirt by adding 8 box pleats,
- Added pockets to the side seams, using Vogue 8909 pocket pattern,
- Added a 25′ exposed zipper to the back seam,
- Rolled Hem,
- Removed 8′ from the length of the skirt,
- Lined the bodice & waistband with the same fabric as exterior &
- Removed the skirt lining.
I am in complete LOVE with box pleats and the volume they give!! Click here to see my first skirt.
Since I’ve tried this pattern before, it was much easier the 2nd time around. The bodice can get a little tricky to new sewists, when joining the front bodice to the back bodice at the shoulders. This pattern does have some slipstitching involved as well. I definitely struggled with this the first time around, but after more experience it wasn’t that bad.
Please Note: Vogue/McCall Pattern Company categorizes this pattern as easy, which is different from very easy and in my opinion is more intermediate than beginner/very easy – for those that aren’t too familiar with picking patterns according to how companies scale them.
Are the instructions easy to follow?
Tip: If you’re ever working with several pattern pieces (typical of garments with linings), I would suggest that you assemble all major pieces together, while you’re working through the steps. For example – bodice, bodice lining; skirt, skirt lining & then attach per directions. This is a strategy I use to cut down on time spent.
Will I make this pattern again?
- I may use this pattern to make another replica of my look again. I love the pleated skirt and the fullness it gives.
Overall, V8998 is such a classic pattern and is a great feature to any wardrobe.
Adjusting patterns & making them into your own is a great way to explore your creative side and test yourself as a designer. It can be challenging, but so rewarding!