Happy colors! Mint and yellow linen
Anyway. Not too long ago I bought Simplicity 2250, and I hadn't used it yet. I actually really like the jacket it comes with, but don't have the right fabric for it. Anyway...
I wanted to make the crossover bodice dress, but of a very different fabric than the small stripe on the pattern cover.
So I used it for the bodice of this dress, which I cut out of scraps of yellow linen. I even had a matching bright yellow polished cotton that I used for the lining! I did modify it a little in that I didn't want to give it the ties in the center back, or the ruffled top trip--I just adjusted as I cut and made it plain.
For the skirt, I cut the lovely mint linen into as full a 1/4 circle skirt as I could. It's mostly just an A-line.
Here it is!
See the plainer back? It worked out perfectly size-wise, although it doesn't have a top band like the front does.
Note on the pattern--definitely one of the more complicated ones I've made. As in, I actually read the instructions. I never do that normally because I already know how most garments are constructed, and they often don't vary much. But this one, I followed step-by-step! There are several oddly shaped darts and pieces. It ended up being fine, but I would not recommend this pattern for a new sewist. I've heard bad things about this pattern from others, too...
But it did turn out okay, so my verdict is, it's usable but not for the inexperienced!