Is it me, or does this dress really remind you of summer picnic tablecloths? I may just be reacting to the fabric, which is a madras from IKEA that I’m pretty sure was intended for summer picnic tablecloths–but it was soft and cheap and helped me test out the pattern.

The pattern sewed up well but I thought I would like it more when it was finished. There’s nothing wrong with it and there are no fit issues, but I tried it on and just thought, “I expected more from you, shirtdress.” So I’m blaming the fabric.