Amy Butler's website doesn't lie when it comes to the Inspiration page. As soon as I saw the picture below, I was inspired to make it. Unfortunately Amy doesn't sell the pattern for this dress (though I read a rumor somewhere that she will be selling this pattern in the fall).
When Simplicity's spring patterns came out, I really fell in love with Simplicity 3777 and decided to try it out with the Amy Butler peony fabric.
I can't tell you how much I love this pattern and this dress. I made a muslin first, afraid of messing up the "expensive" fabric with a pattern I wasn't familiar with. I used the fabric size based on the final measurement ease, ignoring the size that my real measurements suggested I use. It ended up fitting almost perfectly! I had to take in the sides of the skirt because the way it hung made my rump look huge. However, I think that if I had used a fabric with more drape, this would not have been a problem. All in all it was an easy adjustment.
I had intended to use the gray Amy Butler fabric for the contrasting bands, but when I put them together I thought it looked way too busy. Instead I used a gray Kona cotton (it looks a little blue in the picture, but it's really more gray). I also found the perfect cardigan to go with it. Now if only I could find a cute pair of gray sandals...any suggestions???