Before starting this dress, I stewed about it for a ridiculous amount of time. Like thinking-about-it-in-the-middle-of-the-night ridiculous! I worried about whether the style would suit me and, once I decided it might, about the best fabric choice and then how to get it to fit. There aren't many versions online so I asked for some advice about what size to cut from the very helpful ladies on the Lisette forum.
And then I made a muslin with a zipper even (!). But I wasn't brave enough to cut the size I should have from my real fabric (silly me!). I cut size 16 at the shoulders, graduating to 18 at the chest with an extra inch at the bust then a 20 at the waist. I ended up taking it in a lot at the waist and, after wearing it, I think I could have taken it in more. I don't know why I worried about fitting this, though. The princess seams make it really easy to take in a bit here or add a bit there.
Worrying aside, it was a quick sew. And it fit the bill for what I wanted: a casual dress that I would be comfortable wearing. I wore it twice on our recent holiday -- with a pearl necklace to an evening performance of Anne of Green Gables and then again when we went out for a lobster supper. I felt slightly more dressed up than most people on those two occasions but still comfortable and not out of place.
Excuse the wrinkles, apparently I didn't do a very good job ironing it after getting it out of the suitcase and then this is after wearing it for awhile :).
Pattern: Simplicity 1666, bought at Fabricland $8.76
Fabric: Kaufman Cotton/Linen Chambray Shirting bought from Fabric.com, used 71 inches $35.50
Notions: zipper $2.08