I finished it a couple of weeks ago, but it was cool enough this morning that I could put it on and go outside for pictures: my new dress.
Pattern: Simplicity 4116 (view B)
Fabric: Cool Cords (21 wale corduroy) by Robert Kaufman
You may be able to see from the full-length shot (click to embiggen) that those warnings about nap are very, very serious. (The fabric in the skirt feels smooth when I run my hand downward, and the top is the opposite; hence, the two parts don't appear to be the same shade of black. Oops.)
I made the size 16 with a size 18 waist, based on my measurements, but in the end I put small darts at the waist (front and back) to give the illusion that I actually have a waist. So perhaps I could have just used the size-16 pattern pieces as is.
It's cute, isn't it? To show it in "action," I twirled around and around until I thought I'd fall down, but Bill only took one twirling photo, in which it looks like I'm not twirling but just standing there with the wind blowing up my skirt or something. But I was twirling! I was!
I might use this pattern again -- I've got my eye on views C and D (sleeveless), and I'd use a lighter-weight fabric. The corduroy will be good for cooler weather, but not for summer. Plus it was a little on the thick/stiff side for the cap sleeves and the collar; maybe I should have used just a light black cotton for the facings, to cut down on bulk around the neck. But considering that this is the first dress I've sewn since my junior prom (and my mom helped me with that one), I'm pleased.