Simplicity 2638: Misses Maxi Dress.
The pattern calls for cottons, blends, silky and gauze fabrics and instead I used a floral print knit fabric that I'd purchased from Joann's. The pattern envelope reads - "It's So Easy It's Simplicity"... and its right on point. The garment went together effortlessly and all seams were serged. What I really like about the dress is the gracious neckline... its not too deep, but just right without the usual fuss of wearing a camisole underneath.
My daughter mentioned that she likes the versatility of the maxi dress. That she can wear it formal or casual with the use of different accessories. One of the main accessories she has going right now are the 25 pairs of flip flops she owns and how she could use a few more dresses to pair her flip flops with... haha
Instead of cutting her usual size 10, I cut a size 8 for the bodice to accommodate for the positive ease in the fabric. The pattern calls for a center back seam for a zipper & button and since I was using knit fabric, I omitted the center back seam & zipper and cut the back piece on the fold. For the skirt portion I cut a size 6 and still ended up cutting more from the skirt portion since she didn't want too much fullness and also didn't want the gathers. I did not line the bodice, and instead just underlined the front & back midriff with the fashion fabric. For the neckline and armhole edges, I serged and folded to the wrong side twice and final stitched. Final modification was adding 2" to the bottom of the skirt.
Although I had to do some modifications, they were minor and the garment went together perfectly.