Here is the J.Crew inspired dress that I made using Simplicity 2599. I lengthened the shirt by about 10″ (and then shortened the hem later when it was still way too long), added the sleeve option and made the same adjustments to the pattern that I made last time.
Wow, next time I should really iron it first, huh? Well, here’s the dress after sitting through church on Sunday. Imagine it with the darts and creases nicely ironed.
To make the braided neckline and belt, I just took 3 pieces of my fabric and sewed them together at one end. Then I just braided them tightly and tacked it down every 1/2″ or so onto the neckline. The belt is not attached so I can switch it up whenever I like.
(My tights are from Anthro, by the way)