Happy Shrove Tuesday!
This is the first pattern I've sewn from the new Vogue Patterns spring collection. It's 8797.
The description states: Loose-fitting top or dress has collar, yokes, back pleats, back longer than front and narrow hem. A: stitched hem on sleeves. B: sleeves with seam opening, pleats and button cuffs. Semi-fitted, tapered pants have waistband and side zipper. Purchased belt.
I wanted the back hem to have a slight bit of drama to it, so I extended the "low" hem by 3 inches.
And I also changed the buttonhole orientation from horizontal to vertical. I looked at shirtdresses on sites such as Net-A-Porter.com and studied the buttonholes on similar dresses they had available and the ALL had vertical buttonholes. I also decided to ask Mr. Google. In my research, I found that the reason that this pattern had horizontal buttonholes was (1) because it does not have a placket; and (2) because horizontal buttonholes stay buttoned more securely. But when deciding whether to place buttonholes horizontally or vertically, it's determined both by function and fashion. I choose "fashion". I thought the original design caused the shirtdress to look dated and not in a cool vintage-y sort of way.
I also added a double yoke to the back and finished off my seams with the serger.
I really like this pattern and the "hi-low" hemline is so on trend. I would LOVE to make one of these in several colors for spring. Who knows... if I get time, I may make this one in another color!