Here's my new dress, which I wore to church on Saturday night. The pattern is Simplicity 2473.
I forgot to do the spiffy method of lining a sleeveless dress, so I had to hand sew the lining to the armholes. Oh well.
Can I tell you how proud I am of my invisible zipper?? How awesome are those horizontal seams matched up?? :-D
The fabric is from Moda. Yep, I used quilting cotton to make a dress. What of it? I got it on fabric.com, but you can find it lots of places. It seems to be really popular. I used a contrasting Moda fabric to make bias strips (basically piping with no filler) to accent the armholes, neckline, and midriff band area. I think it adds a nice pop. The only alterations I did were to take up the shoulder seems an extra half inch (the bodice was a bit droopy) and also take the side seams above the midriff band a half inch. These aren't usual adjustments for me, and I made my usual size 10.