The McCalls pattern is really good, with options for 2 different necklines, 2 different sleeves, and gathered sides. I am surprised it didn't get any more attention and is now out of print. Only 4 reviews for the dress on PR!
I am a realist about my shape. I knew I couldn't pull off a casual beach vibe, but I did know I could get some curves happening with this knit dress. Here it is.
The neckline is a bit lower than the envelope promises, and I added a wide binding. I also made this a sleeveless dress, as I look like a weightlifter in short sleeves. I like this dress and will make it again in a more substantial knot. This lycra blend requires serious attention to posture and maybe some Spanx.
Next up is a little shirt jacket using Simplicity 2059 and some deep maroon cotton blend from stash.
I am adding a cut on facing to the front center line and will probably use ties for closures. It will be similar to Christine Jonson's Inset Jacket, but without the dropped shoulder. I made that pattern up in April and I like the jacket but find the shoulder line unattractive on me. This pattern will be more fitted.
It's hot here in Tucson :-) and we are waiting for the monsoons to begin. I'm looking forward to the rain, and the greening. The plants are pretty green right now so with more moisture it will be spectacular. I've planted some vinca and some purple fountain grass in containers for the front patio, adding much needed color to our new home. We drilled into the brick walls in the back and mounted 6 pieces of Mexican pottery we collected over the years. We then planted some lantana in 3 of them. I'll get some photos soon. The outside is shaping up slowly, and we are enjoying ourselves.