I finished this dress in time to wear it to the library convention, but didn’t end up wearing it (I got into a lot of awkward positions as the photographer that definitely required pants). I have become obsessed with many-darted-button-downs, (see the Projects page) and am staying with that theme, now in dress form! It’s view C of Simplicity 2246, with the belt from another view. It was originally shown as a fake skirt/shirt combo. I used the same fabric for both parts, and was confused as to why the button placket was assembled in 4 pieces until I remembered that they were designed to be from different fabric.
Overall, I like the pattern, but I had some issues. I added pockets because they make everything better and shortened the whole thing by about 6 inches. The sizing is smaller for this line, so I went up a size to compensate and used a stretch cotton, but the front still pulls. I might just add some snaps in-between the buttons for now. Next time, I will change the button placement and increase the length of the belt – it’s just a wee bit on the short side. I love the print though, and it’s so comfortable!