Before Easter a sweet friend gifted me with a pair of adorable red shoes. She knew that I'd admired the shoes, and went and picked them out for me. I tell you, she's a gem, a wonderful person, and when a wonderful person gives you red shoes, of course you have to make a dress to match them! This dress is an out of print Butterick pattern (B5316). The fabric is a sateen cotton from Hancocks fabrics.
I had to tweak the fit of the dress especially the box pleats on the front of the skirt. I didn't find them entirely flattering so I converted them to pleats that point toward the center of the dress. I read in one of my pattern fitting books that those pleats are much kinder to the abdomen than box pleats. I also took some length off of the bodice as well.