Laurel. This lovely pattern from Colette is SO dang versatile. A simple shift dress, it comes with multiple sleeve options, a blouse option, and a free ebook to make even more styles. I don't know that I could ever get tired of this. I did make my first two versions of this dress in the size indicated by the sizing chart. It was way too loose and boxy and I ended up taking off about three inches on each side seam. I am super pleased with the resulting fit. Here is my first Laurel dress.
I really like the darts in the back of this dress and feel it adds some good shape. Also, I found I didn't need to put in a zipper, it slips right over the head and that added to the simplicity of sewing (and subtracted form the amount of time it took to complete!). I didn't love having to make my own 1/4" bias tape for the neck and arms holes. I don't have a bias tape maker and hand folding tape that narrow was not easy. Still, I think it turned out just great. I wore it to work on one of the last few days and got a lot of compliments. I think it will really help me to stay cool in our non-air-conditioned schools in August and look adorable with a sweater and boots this fall. I am super excited about this dress.