Pattern: Simplicity 7990 (vintage) - sleeveless, surplice bodice view.
Fabric: A gorgeous border print fabric from Fabric Mart.
I have made this dress before in several incarnations (here, here & here - P.S. Nancy K., you can see my camera in the last link), always with great results. I find this particular dress perfect for my pear-shaped body - it's snug where I'm small (bust and waist) and loose where I'm not so small (hips and thighs).
For this version of Simplicity 7990, I used a nifty border print fabric that has a blue, lime, yellow, black and white print. It is medium weight fabric with a lovely jacquard weave. I placed the border at the hem of the dress. This required a bit of finagling as the original pattern had a curved hem. Since the skirt was already dirndl-ish in nature, it was easy enough to manipulate the pattern piece to run the hem along the border.
The bodice of the dress is underlined in a thin cotton batiste - this allows for the invisible hand stitching of the facings to the underlining. This finish always gives such a beautiful look to the inside of the garment and it gives the dress more of a high end feel. The skirt however was left without underlining as the fashion fabric is already hefty enough without added bulk at the waist seam.
Once again, I love this pattern. This version of S7990 is definitely one of my favourites. I will really enjoy wearing this dress to work this fall.