I used a sprightly vintage calico that I love beyond telling - the deep dark green background feels so cool and foresty, but spicy with all those bright flowers, yet not cutesy which I could never pull off. I am not cute.
I did add a patch pocket to the front left side - always handy for dropping in keys, rogue clothespins, loose coins, my phone, you know. Stuff.
I also had to modify the waistband a little bit. The extra seam allowance is supposed to be enough to form the casing for the elastic, but I had to use a smaller elastic, and then, after two wearings, the stitching pulled through the edge of the casing (I guess I am pretty active in my summer days, what with all the kid and laundry and food wrangling). So I had to strengthen the casing with some bias tape (the same yellow I used to finish the hem). I do also have to wear this dress with an x-back bra or else my bra straps show and I'm not that type.
I seriously love this dress. I am already planning another and it happens to be green as well, which means, I suppose, that I have a crush on green. I do wish I had some photos of it in action, but thanks to Genevieve for these quick porch photos so I can get back into the blog world with news of a new dress.