I am a huge fan of stripes. So when I found this fabric on sale for $1.99/yard, I bought a lot of it. I made this dress without a pattern, so if you look too closely there are definitely lots of flaws. Overall, however, I love how it turned out.
I knew that I wanted a dress that fit like a pencil skirt on the bottom but did not require a zipper. So I started by tracing a well-fitting pencil skirt just to the hips. From there, I drew a line straight up (since hips are generally the widest part of your body.) I cut out a front and back piece (with room for seam allowances), added some sleeves and a neckline, and viola!
The skirt fits nicely around my hips and lets and is looser on the top so that I can pull it over my head zipper-free. As a result, the dress definitely requires a belt. Otherwise it might look a little bit maternity. (Not really my style since I am not currently pregnant.)
I forgot to allow extra room for a hem, so the skirt is a tad shorter than I had wanted it to be, but not too bad. I may add a strip of blue fabric to the bottom to lengthen it just a tad.