Hey, I actually got this made the same month of its pattern publication! Of course, it was super easy, I'll give you that. And no, I did not make these pants. I wish!
Ooh, I just love the back wrap detail. But Christine is right, it is low, and my bra strap keeps showing when I make the slightest move. Consequently I just purchased one of those backless and strapless stick-on bras from Ebay that had great reviews. I'll probably be making this as a knee-length dress as well.
Here's the neckline close-up. The tie around the neck is very comfortable in a knit. (I tried it first with a ribbon to check the fit - ouch!) This ITY knit was purchased from Deverfabrics.com and rolled like crazy on all the selvages.
I did accidentally sew the thinner part of the tie to the side seams with the wider part in front. Oh well, it doesn't look much different.
Are you wondering what ever happened to Vogue 8553? This is as far as I got with it (ignore the wonky neckline):
Which I didn't care for at all! It's not a bad pattern, but I think the black contrast was a mistake. It was too dark and made my bust look super small. Also, this turned out to be quite big in the waist. I cut the top in an 8 because it was so big, but should have cut the entire thing in an 8. I might make this again without the contrast in the smaller size. For now it's going back in my pattern drawer. I was able to harvest the fabric, though, so I'm not counting it as a wadder.