So I've been sewing. And teaching. And getting a girl graduated from high school. (What's that? I don't look old enough to have a kid in college? thank you. That's very sweet and my profile picture is eight years old.)
The girl and I sewed this together to be her graduation dress:
That's the recently out of print Simplicity 2403. A Project Runway pattern, a line we've had very good luck with. (I don't know how long that link will be good.) It's still available on line. Yes, it's another Simplicity, and I do know how much I complain about their sizing. They are super cheap though. Every other month JoAnn puts them on sale for $1 a piece, so it's worth it to stock up and deal with the sizing issues. Once we figure out the correct sizing, they fit my girl beautifully with very little alteration. Their fit model must be an hourglass figure like my girl.
(I also would like to be clear that although this picture has been put through a few filters, she has not been photoshopped. Girl is that skinny. It helps that she's 5'2". I teased her and told her that she can't gain the freshman 15 and still wear that dress. She laughed. )
Sarah sewed most of the bodice including the ruffles on the bodice and the button placket. She's not an experienced seamstress, so I'm impressed. I couldn't have done a better job with it myself. Then she ran out of time and had too much school and work to finish before graduation. I did the skirt, which has pockets you can't see in the pic because we were that good matching the plaid.
I've been doing a lot more sewing lately. I've made a t-shirt for myself I love, a dress I hate, another Burda jumpsuit for my youngest, and even helped youngest with her first sewing project. It's been a big sewing month and there are more projects on the list. I guess I'm just in a sewing frame of mind lately.