I basically made the long, sleeveless version. Can I just say, I LOVE this little dress! It's so cute, so easy, and so comfy! I think I'll be making more than one!
I made a size 16 with a 1" FBA. That turned out to be a little bit too much- if you look closely you might notice a seam running directly over my bust. That's where I took it up 1/2" because the bodice was too saggy. I already adjusted my pattern back down to a 1/2" FBA.
I also added 1" of length through the waist to make sure the back darts ended in the right place. The muslin isn't hemmed, but it turned out quite a bit longer than I expected. I'll be going for a finished length ending right at mid-knee or slightly above. I want to be true to the 60's vibe (code for "short") but my knees are not my best feature, so I have to be careful.
The skirt is also quite a bit fuller than I expected. The pattern photos and illustrations aren't so "A-line." I might try narrowing the skirt slightly. I'll probably just baste it into this muslin and see how it looks before I decide. (Hmmm. Somehow the back doesn't look as full as the front, does it?)
I plan to cut this out this weekend. I'll be using a coral linen for my first go-around. I plan to experiment with some contrasting topstitching to dress it up a little. If all goes well, I'd love to make a second version- can't you just imagine this made of white waffle pique with black and white gingham binding around the neck and armholes, a cute pair of black flats and some mod jewelry? Groovy!
By the way, thanks to all who commented on the last post. Amy, I had to laugh when I read your comment- "granny's nightgown" is being kind! I picked out a fabric to go ahead with the dress- a very thin cotton. It's turquoise with red, yellow, and white cherry blossoms. I think it will be the perfect weight for that dress and the I'll be able to pick up one of the blossom colors for the trim. It will have to wait, though, because right now I'm psyched about this little shift dress!
Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday and the weekend is just one day away! I'm itching to sew!