This is Vogue 8900 - the cutout dress. When this pattern was released, I felt like the only person that was feeling this look. And that's okay, because I love when the pattern companies pull looks straight from the runway. And I remembered this one to be fresh from Carven's Spring 2013. Yes, a current look!
Carven did their dresses in red and black raffia. And toile. Those toile prints have been popping up all over the place this season.
Vogue 8900 description is: Dress (close-fitting through bust) has cut-in armholes, shaped princess seams, back zipper and narrow hem. I cut the midi length version of view B.
My description is this: LBD - Little black dress for summer - sleeveless dress with round neckline, racer-front, cutout sides with lace insets, full skirt with an exposed zipper.
This dress took quite a few alterations. First was a FBA. As the descriptions states: it's VERY fitted through the bust. It had to have been cut for a flat chest. So I made a 1" FBA and added an additional dart at the front of the armhole. I lengthened the skirt by 3" inches. I wanted a true "midi" length.
I added lace insets to the cutouts, like view A suggests.
And I had to do a swayback adjustment. I've noticed that I need to do this if a dress like this doesn't have a waist seam. And I also added an exposed zipper, like the runway/RTW version.
I used a linen-blend that has polyester in it. Which I seriously don't mind. As much as I love linen, I'd rather not look like I slept in my clothes. The polyester cuts down on the wrinkling. And I used black lace for the insets. Both from my stash. This has to be one of the most comfortable dresses I've made in a long time. It's the perfect length. It's not short and it's not maxi, that I'm forever stepping on while I walk! LOL