When I saw Simplicity 1607, it had Mikaela's name written all over it. I knew I was going to make it for her.
This design is from Cynthia Rowley and here's the retail version.
I found the perfect fabric, a beautiful black, white and pink cotton sateen at Joanns.
I cut the size 6 and graded to the size 10 from the waist down. Mikaela is an athlete... a size 0 in ready-to-wear, but she has a solid build.
The only other alteration I made was to shave about two inches off the hemline so that it would fall above the knee.
Since the spray of polka dots ran along the selvage, I cut the skirt on the cross grain. And also used that part for the side front pieces.
Once I got past the criss cross front and back straps, which was like assembling a pretzel, this dress was quite simple to make. What I really like is that it has an invisible side zip, so it won't take anything away from a gorgeous printed fabric. This is a great dress with a lot of youthful style.