Before starting on Simplicity 2178, I googled around to see what others have made with the same pattern and stumbled upon The Muslinette, and this post, which made me laugh out loud. I am copying this smart observation here:
Since I have already made one similar dress before, I decided to avoid the shoulder strap altogether, and go even more Wilma-ish. Thankfully I didn´t choose white fabric! This is what I made (yabba-dabba-doo!!):
I made a few changes to the pattern – omitted the pockets, cut the bodice slightly narrower because of my small bust and instead of facing the hem, used bias tape, as I did with all the seam allowances. I guess the pattern would work better with one-colour fabrics to show off the the asymmetrical pleats on the skirt (that took most of the time to draw and sew) and with fabrics with some body. I knew this beforehand, but I didn´t want the dress to look too serious, so I am still happy with the result. I think the pale yellow background of the fabric looks really nice on tanned skin, which I acquired during the few REALLY hot days we had last week.
The fabric itself is from June already, when I shopped around Tartu (not that I have stopped ever since) and I posted a photo of it already in My Very First Post.
The shoes I am wearing are Pepe Jeans Niza, once again from Amazon:
I wore the dress for the annual open-air classical music concert by Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra in Tartu. It is with free entrance and this year I was lucky to be in Estonia that time. I guess the dress was not the best option to wear, because we were sitting on a slope and I felt that I was slipping all the time, basically had to grab the ground with toes and fingers. But the concert was worth it, they played pieces from”Carmen”, “Nabucco”, “The Marriage of Figaro” etc.
A few photos here, the last one is with my mother: