I finally made a dress for myself after talking and daydreaming about it for a few years.
The fabric is crisp and heavy. The 10 buttons down the front were a bit pricey, so I used sparkly clear buttons at the cuffs. . . which I made up freestyle by looking at my husband's shirts. The dress pattern (Simplicity 4171) had elbow-sleeves and I find them an awkward length for layering. I have visions of layering this dress like a big shirt - over a skirt, under a skirt, under a cardi. . .
But for its debut, I just added turquoise earrings and brown boots. I have a red belt in the wings too. And won't this look smart under a denim jacket?
I admit that by the time I was done sewing this and fixing all the most obvious mistakes (a crooked belt loop, uneven cuffs, pinched collar facing, backwards lap of hem and facing), I hated the dress. However, it fits me like a dream and that blue is so perfect.. . I'm coming around.
(thanks to my husband for the quick photo shoot after I came home from work)