I had a bit of time this morning... so I started tissue fitting the next dress on my dolly. This gives me a rough idea of how much messing with the muslin will need.
It's not that I don't like my calves and ankles - I'd like them better if I were thinner, mind you - they're curvy, muscular and feminine. BUT - any skirt hemmed between the bottom of my kneecap and the top of my ankle is an instant matron-ifier. You have slim calves with hardly a swell of flesh? Go for tea-length skirts. Not for moi! Also, this is a solid color. I usually use a 2/3 proportion on my clothes - so a skirt from waist to ankle is 2/3 of my body, but so is a dress from shoulder to knee. Longer is good... but would look very formal - too formal for anything in my life.
I was going to make this fabric into a shirt-dress, but realized that this dress was calling it - the shirt dress in ivory linen was going to be too structured, too classic for me.
Here's a pin of the pattern so you can take a closer look.... it's out of print now. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/177610779024062828/
I'm pretty excited, it has some couture touches *in* the pattern, such as a zipper that's partially hidden in a side-seam zipper, a waist stay, and bound buttonholes in the bolero that goes with. (Boleros are huge wardrobe builders for me - I wear them with all my little dresses. An ivory bolero? Let's just not go there).
So - since this really has the potential for awesomeness, plan on seeing me take my time and do things right!