Debbie is a genius. A. Genius.
How else do you explain the phenomenon of her churning out two dresses and a shirt up-cycle without laying a finger on them?
My first effort is from Simplicity 5234--it was a great first pattern, teaching me how to put facing in the bodice and setting in sleeves. The front has a cute little split detail that I really liked and Debbie tried not to look too exasperated when I ironed the interfacing to the interior of the exterior instead of to the exterior of the interior. (Who could blame me?!).
I used a sheet from Goodwill so the whole thing cost me a buck. Come Christmas, I hope to pair it with a cranberry cardigan.
Simplicity 2683. The pattern looked a little too sweet for Laura so I paired it with an unusual, Japanese-y fabric choice (click on image to embiggen) that made it a little more grown-up.
I put in my first zipper. No seam rippers were used in its installation.