The fabric is my absolute favorite Vlisco wax print. I matched as much as possible, missing the front by a centimeter, but I do plan to wear a belt... so... (please excuse the dog, he is ready for his walk and not all this silly clothing photography)
Pattern: Simplicty 2648
Cut & Size: Size 16 top, with D cup variant, curvy size 16 waist graded to 22/24 by the bottom hem.
Everything was a little large... probably due to my not reading the seam allowance instructions and assuming 5/8 inch. Whoopsy, but easy to fix. Making this very fitted pattern made me look and think about my actual shape more than I have in the past. My hips are not as large as I thought they were, instead the "issue" is my butt, which is huge, but not necessarily in a wide way. I should be cutting a smaller size for at least 9 inches below the waist than I have been, grading out to the larger size in that distance. I was doing it in three to four inches which left weird puffs on my hips that I found had acceptable until now. No more!
Anyways, eventually I sewed the dress up per the directions as a basted test... with the side seams on the outside. The armholes gaped until I put in a zipper, pulling an extra inch in on the back pieces. I seem to have a small back? Then I did the full stitch without removing the basting lines until afterwards. I bound the seams with a self-made bias tape and eventually removed the basting threads which were bright red and blue, nice and easy to spot.
For the side seams, I spent a lot of time getting the hips to fit properly with basting stitches on the seams on the outside... Once it fit, I did the lazy thing and trimmed it, pressed it, and turned it inside as a french seam. :)
The inside is cool looking!