Can you believe I ironed this not long before the photo was taken? My sister was visiting and I wore the dress to take the opportunity of a non-complaining photographer. I don't think the rumples show up as much in real life, otherwise she would have noted and I would have re-ironed it. She has gone now, so I will make do with the rumpled shot. (And she naffed the pattern, without my knowing, so it can't have looked too bad. I got the pattern back in the mail today, so stay tuned to her blog for another version.)
This is my second version of V8552. The first was in a lipstick pink zebra print knit. This time I used a linen, with black threads in one direction and olive threads in the other. The fabric is very dark, almost black, but much more flattering to me than black. The dress has proved quite versatile, matching lots of different shoes and necklaces in my wardrobe. Other reviewers on PR have left off the pockets, but I think that they are a great feature of the dress (go and look at Sewing in the Wind's review to see the pocket and pleated neckline details in a lovely, ironed version!).