I made this dress way back in March at Sewing Retreat. On day one of retreat - I tag teamed 2 blue ESP dresses. So far there are only photos of one.
As is my habit, I traced all the pattern pieces. Also habit is to take 1.5" out of the back length - I'm very short from my neck to waist in the back. Finally - the last thing I do routinely is to add length to the skirt. I made one muslin of the bodice only before cutting out 'real' fabric.
The muslin showed that I needed to move the side darts down slightly, move the shoulder darts forward and - I felt - the sleeves were too full. You can see from the photos that my sleeves are very wrinkled from being stuffed in a cardigan. ( I forgot to modify the facings to match the fact that I moved the shoulder darts forward, but nobody knows!)
This dress is very easy to wear. Even though the skirt is quite full, it doesn't feel horribly full and I think that could be based on the thinness of the cotton fabric. And yet, it feels full, feminine and flirty. Those are important qualities in a dress for me.
I swear the hem hangs even, regardless of the fact that it doesn't look like it does in the side view. Remember how I mentioned that I added length to the skirt? Well - I added as much as my fabric would allow, which on this version was 4", then I took a 2" hem all around. I don't recall how large of a hem the pattern calls for - but I think adding length was a good idea.
On me, I feel like the neckline is quite high. I reached out to the Decades of Style team and honestly - they were prompt and incredibly helpful. I'm so very pleased with the customer service. I have another version cut and mostly sewn up - but vacation got in the way. Speaking of vacation - I wore this dress to Gibraltar and the Statue of Liberty and she did very well.
Verdict - I will make more versions of this dress. What's your favorite style of dress to make over and over?