In case you missed it, I teach high school English, and in high school, there is no bigger deal than prom (except for maybe graduation, although I think that's a bigger deal to the parents sometimes. That's a post for another day...). My school
This is Vogue 8574, a dress Vogue likes to call "Very Easy Vogue." I absolutely disagree with Vogue on this point. While this is not a difficult dress to sew, I can't say that it was very easy. The curved neckline and the precision required for the pleats definitely take this dress up a notch, but I'm really happy with the way everything turned out. I should point out that this is not a fitted dress. I cut a size smaller than my measurements call for and still ended up using a one inch seam allowance in the center back seam. The end result is flowy and loose but still quite flattering, I think.
I used a lovely Joel Dewberry rayon challis for this dress, and it was delightful to work with. This dress has a lined bodice, so a completely opaque fabric is necessary unless you want to add a skirt lining. I found this fabric to be perfect for this dress. It drapes and folds perfectly, and I love the vibrant reds matched with the subtle grays. The large print lends itself well to a floor-length gown.
The only issue I encountered was with the neckline. I originally interfaced only the facing as the pattern instructs, but I found that the outer layer pulled and stretched a bit with the weight of the skirt. I'm afraid I became a bit of a promzilla and recut the neckline, interfaced both sides and reconstructed the bodice. In the process, I shortened the bodice maybe half an inch. The bodice ended up fitting better than before, so I'm calling it a win.
I also decided to add a hand-picked zipper instead of an invisible zip just because.
I'm pretty excited to wear this dress tonight, and I have a few additional occasions in mind for this lovely. I feel quite elegant wearing it, and really, isn't that what prom is all about?