This dress is not really my work. My daughter traced it out, scaled down to a 34 at the top, made a SBA, altered the length, the belt carrier length and position, cut it out, and sewed most of it, but it took longer than she expected. She went away to school camp for a week before her Sydney trip, so I finished it off for her (pockets, belt carriers, buttons and button holes, some topstitching. This is a 2 and 1/2 dot pattern, so I am very proud of her efforts. I am hoping she will review this pattern on patternreview.
Carolyn, who has an eagle eye, kindly commented that the blouse I posted about yesterday would look great with this vest/dress (I put the vest up in show and tell at stitchers guild already). I think it does too! The blouse was made specifically to wear under the vest. We picked out the contrast collar band because the leaves and vines in the print are the same khaki as the vest/dress. The fabric is cotton gabardine (twill) from Michael's Fabrics.
Gail asked a little while ago how I get Burda World of Fashion Magazines so quickly. Europress, who distribute the magazine in Australia have it shipped by sea mail, so the issues available in Australia in some newsagents (but not where I live) are around 3-4 months behind publication date. I subscribed to BWOF directly from Germany via the website, and my issues arrive by airmail, usually only a week or two after the American distribution, and 5-6 weeks after the European distribution. I had to telephone Burda in the middle of our night, and speak in extremely bad German (coached by my German born friend prior to the attempt) in order to finalize the credit card details. (They quickly found an English speaker for me after the lady answered the phone). The telephone number and address is in the front of the magazine. I renewed the subscription recently as the original subscription ran out in June. I wrote to the German address,(in English)and was a little concerned when there was no reply, but my June issue turned up on time, and my credit card was billed for just under $122, which I think is a bargain. I use at least one pattern from every issue, and could not buy 12 full priced individual patterns for twice that price. I was lucky to have it renewed on a day when the Australian dollar was feeling a little robust.