The pattern is a trapeze dress with options of a mock turtleneck (the version I sewed), a scoop neck, sleeveless or cold shoulder sleeves.
The pattern is designed for knits. I choose a floral knit I found at Hobby Lobby (which I recently discovered. Guess where I now buy my Simplicity patterns on sale for 99 cents?). Even though the fabric base is black, the pink flowers said "hello summer!"
The armhole is finished with a self-fabric binding.
Instagram along with a pic of the dress and received positive comments so I decided to put it aside for a day or two and look at it again with fresh eyes.
Cloth & Stone dress on the Anthropologie website informing me that my dress was definitely NOT muumuu-ish and that the shape was right on trend.
It's a comfortable dress. Although it really is too casual for the office, I've wore it on really hot and humid day paired with a lightweight cardi to make it a bit less casual.
As far as pattern alterations go, I did do a small FBA (full bust adjustment) and added 2" to the length of the dress so I wouldn't feel self conscious when I moved - like here where I'm trying to control two very curious dogs.
And my parting shot is me showing hubby that my arms are *finally* starting to get a little definition from my workouts. Do you think anyone would think it strange if I walked around like this, LOL?