I made this dress using Simplicity 2591. It was generally easy to sew and has some clever construction elements -- the side panels become the back of the pockets, which I thought was kind of cool (though the instructions for this particular detail were a tad confusing). Even though I cut my size, the bodice was also really big and had to be adjusted as I went along. Otherwise, it fit me really well with no major alterations.
I bought the royal blue stretch cotton with a gift certificate my mother-in-law gave me for my birthday. Since the fabric was a gift, I wanted to make something special, but casual and wearable. I first wore it for my brother-in-law's wedding rehearsal dinner back in May. I dressed it up with snazzy red heels and red buttons around the neckline.
But this dress came everywhere with me this summer. I wore it to barbeques, out shopping, on trips, on patios.
I took it on vacation for my first anniversary when we got bumped up to the nicest room in the hotel (complete with a bed so tall it had its own stairs, which I'm goofily climbing below).
It even came with me to Italy, where I wore it sipping cappuccinos in the piazza.
It has everything you could want in a summer outfit: it's cute but not too formal, comfortable and cool, a striking colour but a simple silhouette.
It's just the perfect summer dress.