This was my Halloween dress! Isn't the pirate fabric fun? I've had it in my stash since I got back from my last trip to Thailand. I didn't have enough for a full dress, so I made the bodice in black (I think it works better this way anyway). I haven't finished the sleeve openings - I was going to finish them with bias binding, but then I had an idea to make winged cuffs in the pirate fabric.
Does anyone else have a geeky way of organising their sewing plans? This collage wasn't even intended for public viewing - this is just my project reference!
I used Simplicity 2491, which I bought after a long search for a plain 50s sundress pattern - you'd be amazed how hard it is to find a super simple, cap-sleeve, full-skirted sundress pattern. It was very easy to work with (helps that it's in my actual size, so I didn't need to adjust the bust/waist ratio. At least in theory - there are one or two adjustments I'll try and make the next time I use it - which I fully intend to). I like that rather than have a fully gathered skirt, the front is pleated and lays flat rather than adding bulk to the tummy area.