I recently tested a new pattern for Veronica of sewVery: the Sunny Dress and Top (available in her pattern shop here). This was my first time pattern testing, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and all the discussion and communication between the testers that went along with it.
Both options A and B of this pattern feature a low back with straps that are tied at the back, either crossed or straight. Dress/top A has a ruffle at the neck; dress/top B has a plain front. I sewed up the option B dress in some lovely light voile which had been waiting in my cupboard to become a summery dress.
R's dress is size 4 (based on her chest measurements) with size 6 length (based on her height). I sewed the dress exactly as per the pattern, with one exception: I added in-seam pockets, using the same tutorial I've previously linked to. Without the addition of pockets you could probably sew this dress up in an hour or so, depending, of course, on whether or not you have young children at home, in which case you will be constantly interrupted by demands for food/conflict resolution/computer troubleshooting etc etc, until your one hour stretches into several and you feel like screaming. Or is that just me?
R loves her new dress, especially the bow at the back. Unfortunately it's not exactly summery weather around here, so she's going to have to wait a few months before she can put it on again (I had to crank up the heating for this photoshoot!).
Stay tuned for another 'Sunny' later this month as part of Veronica's blog tour!