I will share a photo of yet another beach park we often frequent on the west side of the island near Lahaina toward the end of my post, but for now, I'd like to share Simplicity 3882. I had a feeling I would love this style on me. I think it works great for small busted gals. I used my second to last cut of colorful matte jersey from Fabric.com. I wasn't sure I would like these colors on me, particularly the chartreuse, but I think it works okay because the neckline is quite open, therefore the colors are not so close to my face. I do love the bold print, and it's another excuse to wear my wedges and leggings, a look I adore.
I made view A, but left off the bubble hem. I cut a size 4 on the main body of the dress. There is an awful lot of ease. On the front and back band I cut between a size 10 and 12 to get the exact measurement of my chest there. On the straps I cut a size 12, but needed to shorten them so that I had a snug fit over my shoulders. I placed the straps so that my bra straps would be covered when I wear this. I interfaced the front and back bands and the straps with Pro-Sheer Elegance in black. I have not had a problem with bubbling on previous garments where I have used this on polyester matte jersey. The pattern doesn't include a tie for the waist, but I think I prefer one. Here is the look without the tie. The picture doesn't really show the nice flow of the fabric when you wear it without the tie. I guess it depends on what kind of mood you are in whether you'd want to wear it with the tie or not.
The way Simplicity has you construct the straps is genious. The straps don't move and they look very crisp and professional at the top edge of the front band. I had never made a dress with straps attached in this way. Here are two photos showing the inside of the straps before you fold the front band down and after. By stitching in the center, across the band, then folding the front band down, the straps are securely and neatly attached to the top of the dress.
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*Updated 5/9/11 to add a clearer picture on the front view of the dress.