That aside, the fabric is a gorgeously bouncy viscose punto roma from Ditto Fabrics. It was bought at a sewing meet-up with the "sew bees". Am I the last to sew up something from the spoils of that day? Possibly!
In the end, I turned to my tried and tested dress pattern - simplicity 1784. It's just a fancy shift dress, really; I've made this twice before here and here and wear the dresses all the time. They are the perfect length for me, and the front section gives a bit of interest.
Over time my sewing is getting better. I am pleased with the detail in this make; smooth hemline, neat stitching in the ditch around the yoke, and my favourite bit - the pockets; they fall in the seam lines, and are roomy and fun.
The shape suits me, and I feel happy wearing this bright colour; it even matches my awfully bright lipstick!