Simplicity 2398, finally.
I made if for my niece. I can't wait for her to come over and try it on so I can hem it. The hem is the last finishing touch.
I have to say I do like the pattern, not so much a fan of the instructions though.
I made just a few changes. Instead of a lap zipper, there is an invisible zipper. That meant sewing the back pieces first instead of the bodice pieces.
Sewing instructions should include a tip for using basting tape, greatest invention ever! If you're working with special occasion fabric that has a slippery or silky texture I would highly recommend picking up this tape.
I also didn't care for the way the front skirt A piece was cut into two pieces (a skirt front and a skirt front end) so another change occurred there too.
Sew, on the shopping trip for fabric the one request that I had was that the fabric had enough width to avoid this issue. I was then able to cut the skirt front as one piece.
The pattern instructions suggest a narrow machine hem for the skirt hem. I don't think I'll take that route. I'm thinking about a hand stitched hem with invisible thread.
I do like the colour my niece picked out, she does have great taste. It will match her brown hair and eyes perfectly.