You'll get the vibe immediately when I show it to you, but... we're channeling Zooey Deschanel, New Girl, ModCloth...
I don't know if that selection of pics conveys my meaning right. It's an early 60's retro feel that's totally wearable for every day if you decide it should be-- wear it with flats, maybe? I am SO excited to wear this this summer.
It all started with a sale at JoAnn. I don't normally impulse-buy fabric, but this was 50% off the regular price of $4.99 a yard. It's one of the signature JoAnn quilting prints. Super cheap, some bright, cute colors... I loved this blue and white picnic gingham check print, and just went for it. The dress cost me less than $4 for a yard and a half! Normally I never use quilting fabric for clothing because it's too stiff, scratchy, and coarsely woven, but for this it worked out great. I used a solid white quilting cotton for the lining, and the two went together like a dream. The whole thing took me only a few hours.
I used Simplicity 2444, of course, for the bodice, and did a regular gathered skirt of two panels for extra fullness and fun.
I know it's sorta plain, with no trim or anything, but I kinda like it that way. It's simple and sweet! And I can dress it up with a cardi or something over it. And maybe the plainness makes it more wearable for 2012! Like Zooey has taught us, you can wear a natural-waisted, full-skirted dress with flats and a cross-body bag if you want to be casual!