Pattern Review: Vogue 1703
This flowy skirt with a bohemian vibe has seams that add visual interest. It has a four-piece, bias-cut yoke that dips in a slight V at center front. The skirt’s upper section is cut on-grain while the lower flounce is cut on the cross-grain. View A has a straight hemline that ends about 4 inches below the knee. View B has a high-low hemline that cascades to floor length in back. The skirt is fully lined and has a center-back invisible zipper closure. It is fitted through the yoke and upper hip, allows more ease through the lower hip, then widens below. The pattern pieces look unconventional because of the angled seamlines. It is helpful to mark all the sides and notches to be sure the correct seamlines go together. Our tester recommends keeping the pattern pieces pinned to the fabric after cutting, separating them as you proceed through construction. The only difficulty is matching the seamlines correctly, so mark notches and match points precisely. The instructions are accurate and well illustrated. Our seamstress says:
- Some cutting lines on the pattern pieces are not printed in different styles for each size, so follow the lines carefully.
- Instructions for hemming the lining are omitted. Use a 5/8-inch-wide, double-fold hem.
Because the skirt sections are cut on different grains, a striped fabric will produce an eye-catching design. For the shorter view, consider adding Alabama Chanin-style embroidery. Select lightweight to medium-weight fabrics with drape such as silk charmeuse, crepe de Chine, lawn, tissue linen, and challis.
(Sized Misses’ 8–24 for hips 33.5–48 in.)
—Tested by Jenny Freedman, Soquel, California
Sewing tip: To provide more support for the skirt’s weight, interface the yoke.
This review was originally published in Threads #215, Fall 2021. Have you made this pattern? If so, be sure to share pictures in our Readers Closet gallery.
Illustrations by Steven Fleck.
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