This is the dress I tried to save. It is Simplicity 2497, a Cynthia Rowley pattern. (I wrote about the failure here) The skirt of the dress looked like a paper bag that had been gathered and sewn to the waistband: not a flattering look on a woman my size. So, I just took more fabric and created a dirndl skirt. Which was kind of OK, and then I added the puffy sleeves, which are sooooo not ok. My daughter really liked this dress, but she is 19 and I am 42. I feel like Elly May Clampett when she got middle aged and still wore the same stuff. However, if anyone has a young woman in their life who is a size 16 in ready-to-wear and just loves this dress, it's hers. (I realize that I am not "working it" in this photo. I would be fired from the runway.) I could redo the sleeves, but really that is not going to happen. (I want to state that the pattern is fine. I just made a series of bad choices for my age and body type.)
Well, at least I got this cool photo out of it.