Last night I started sewing up a mock-up of Vogue 8280. Besides the fact that it fits nowhere on me except the waist, there are a few things I want to tweak around the neckline. I want to make it a little less rounded, but I think what's keeping it from looking like the real thing is the sleeves.
I thought the pattern directions were a little unclear, so I tried folding the pleats a few different ways:
So far the third one is my favorite. Still, it doesn't look like the famous dress:
And here, you get a bonus picture of my re-introduction to sewing.. while watching What Not to Wear: