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V8998 with Pleated Skirt

V8998 with Pleated Skirt

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.


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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.

Pattern Alterations:

  • 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.

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V8998 with Pleated Skirt

V8998 with Pleated Skirt

I am in complete LOVE with box pleats and the volume they give!!  Click here to see my first skirt.
V8998 with Pleated Skirt

Pattern Review:

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.

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Are the instructions easy to follow?

  • Yes.

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!

Please let me know what you think of this look below!   A video on how I make box pleats is coming soon!



    • afashionaddict
      May 15, 2015 / 3:01 PM

      Thanks @ThirtyPlus1andBeyond! 🙂
      I’m starting to like Spring because of it! (dresses/skirts)

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