I have been wanting to make this pattern FOREVER! I keep pulling it out, looking at it, trying to match it up with fabric. I put it back, wait a couple months and pull it out again. I think the reasons I haven't made it are 1) I didn't feel like tracing it. I didn't want to cut it out in case it didn't fit. With a Big 4, you just wait til they're on sale again, then buy another one for a couple bucks. Can't do that with an indy pattern. 2) I just wasn't sure I could see myself in this dress. The high neck doesn't usually work on my chest. Plus, it's a pretty retro, girly design and that's not usually my style. 3) The fabric and contrast idea was also kind of meh to me. It was almost just a little too cutesy for me. I say that only for me, because I love all the versions I've seen with contrast. They look adorable on other people.
Ok, so I finally decided to just go for it. I do love the shape and was always so enamored of the versions other curvy shaped girls had done. It was so flattering on them.
I bought this fabric on the red tag table at Joann's, yes, another Joann's find. I'd seen this fabric a ton of times before and never bought. Finally, I was there and it was a 50% off day, so I just decided to get it. It is a pretty mid to heavy weight cotton sateen and comes in panels. I bought three panels for $10.50 total. I hoped three would give me some options. I knew a sheath dress or something similar would be cool for the design. I had this fabric out and kept pulling out patterns and nothing worked for me. On a whim, I pulled out the Macaron and ouila...I have a dress I absolutely LOVE!
I made no changes except maybe shortening the shoulders a smidge. I probably should have shortened the back bodice a half an inch looking at the pictures. Oh, and I should have done a slight forward shoulder adjustment. If I stand up straight, it's fine though ;-)! Next time I'll do both. This is an amazingly easy pattern.
I'm so happy with it!