The dress was easy to sew up and the pattern instructions were great. I cut out a size 12 but ended up having to take it in around the bust and waist so I could have cut out a 10. Given I was making the bodice out of a stretch fabric I wanted it to be fitted which is why I took it in. I had to shorten the straps a little bit but ultimately they fitted really well. I loved the square design of the bodice neckline, it makes for a nice change from alot of curved finishes. It also meant I could wear quite a few statement jewellery pieces with it that would sit nicely over the black bodice. Overall, this is a pattern I would definently recommend. I think it is a style with a lot of fabric opportunities - for day or evening.
I added this dress to my work wardrobe and I have gotten quite a bit of wear out of it. Its a great Friday dress to go from work to a few cheeky drinks with mates afterwards. I still have a ways to go with getting my work wardorbe sorted but this is a good start. My next work dress is a 1960's shift pattern from Simplicity that I'm going to make out of some wool fabric I bought in Rome. Cant wait to work with it!
On another note, I've just put my details forward to a casting agency that hire people as extras for TV shows and exhibitions that have a vintage element to them. They are currently recruting for a TV show set in Kings Cross, Sydney in the 1960's. I was asked if I had vintage clothes that I can wear on the show. Pffft - do I! Will let you know how I go. :)