It's no secret that I love Oliver+S patterns for my kids. Everything about them is just fabulous. They fit well, look nice and are practical. This spring the same designer released a series of patterns for women via Simplicity. I was hesitant about these patterns since they are Simplicity and I'd not had a good experience with their patterns in the past. I waited for a few people online to sew some of these new patterns up and reports were very good. Simplicity likes to add in extra ease to their patterns and as expected this is how these patterns are too, but not terribly so. I was advised to go down at least 1 size, so I did and I think the result is very nice. I will warn you that this is not fabric I would choose for a dress. This is technically a muslin to see how the fit of the pattern is and I did not want to cut into anything special to do this. The fabric I used is from my friend who cleaned out her sewing cabinet last year and a scrap I had from some doll clothes. It's loud but it kind of works, especially as a beach cover up. My son said he would be able to see me from a mile away.
I made view B of the Portfolio dress and I am very happy with the fit and the construction. I will make at least one more of these and likely a couple in the longer length too.
As I would expect from Oliver+S the details and construction are flawless. I really like this dress. I used my vintage Singer for all construction but I finished a few seams with my serger.