I finished my first summer dress last night, Simplicity 2584. I modified it a bit, but all in all, I'm pretty happy.
The fabric is Kona Solids and Amy Butler's Lotus collection, which I've had in my stash for roughly four years and bought before I could even sew, holding onto the hopes that my mom would make me something (Ha!). I never knew what to do with it--purse? skirt? shirt?--but finally it came to me after buying this pattern in February. I think it's a light, fun print without being childish.
I made view B but modified it to be more like view D. First, I omitted the sleeves. Summer is hot, and if I want sleeves, I'll grab a cardigan. I also omitted the tuck at the bottom. I started folding to see what it would look like, but, with the patter, it would have messed up the flow.
It's the length of view B, but I snatched D's armhole binding to finish the arms. I also ended up taking it in even more. Boxy isn't a good look for me.
Finally, I decided it didn't need a back zipper, once I read reviews that so many others were doing this. After a quick Googling (just cut on the fold), I was done.
It took me about two days to sew, but that's because I was sewing between work and dinner, and still working on dinner in the mean time. I'm a crazy multi-tasker, so I'd sew and press, turn on the oven to preheat, sew a little more, get the water boiling, sew some more, etc. What do people do with only one project?
I have a ton of both materials left over, so it may become an Ice Cream Dress for Grace. I have been all about the stash-bustin' lately, mostly to make room for all the Aneela Hooey, Anna Maria Horner and Heather Ross I just bought. (On sale, don't freak.) (Though I can't imagine why you'd freak unless you were Nick, and he's already heard about my process and still doesn't care.)
What's next? I don't know. I have a hard time making things for myself because, well, do I really want to face my measurements? No. No I do not. Also it's hard for me to choose just one project. So I have a pile of fabric for me and a pile of fabric for Grace and I'll go from there. I have some new patterns coming in this week, so maybe that will jumpstart things. Also, did you not see how much fabric I just bought? Good god!