Fabric Mart's website I knew I wanted to use it to sew myself a summer dress. And lucky me, I happened to discover this ITY knit during a sale so I only paid $4/yard (it's now sold out).
I think the shirring along the left side of the dress (only) elevates the status of this dress from "ho-hum" to "wow".
Only the skirt portion is lined. I choose to use a neutral colored ITY knit instead of the fashion knit. The skirt is attached to the bodice at the waist, with a casing for 1/4" elastic. There's a pattern guide to cut the elastic, but I don't use those when sewing for myself. I cut the elastic to fit my body, not what the pattern thinks should fit me.
My serger was finicky the day was I working on this dress. As a result, on the side with the shirring I have an unsightly inside seam due to all the layers not being fed and cut properly by the machine.
I did go up a size on the bottom as I didn't want it close-fitting. Because of that, the shirring sags a bit across the front and doesn't disguise my tummy as much as I'd like, but I don't care. It skims, rather than hugs, and I'm much more comfortable with that.
KS_Sews hadn't posted her dress I would not be gushing over MY dress today!
That's about it! It's easy to sew and fun to wear. I will be sewing myself more in the near future.
I leave you with a picture of me with my little sewing buddy.