It's also cute on it's own. For my second muslin, I cut the bodice down another size so it fades across 3 1/2 sizes from bodice to hips. Yes, I have ridiculous measurements. But I think I am getting closer to a cute and flattering fit.
Please forgive the rumples, I was sitting at work all day before my husband picked me up and took these photographs. I also think the crispness of the cotton makes the dress a bit boxy and I am excited to make the next iteration with the soft flowy linen. I think it will drape and flatter a bit better. I like this one better than the last one for wearing sans belt, so I think I am getting somewhere with all the muslins. It also can be dressed up with a belt too. Last night I wore it around the house with a little grey vintage cashmere cardigan and a dark denim sash that is from an Ann Tayor Loft skirt. It was another version of work casual... but once I got home from work, I had my sweetie take one more picture just for fun with some heels and a red & gold vintage belt that belonged to my mother-in-law.
It has a lot of versatility. This is something I like very much in my clothes. I don't like specific outfits that are the same all the time. I like combining things in different ways. And I like being comfortable & temperature-appropriate. So this is a good easy pattern to make. I think after I make the linen version, though, I will be quite ready to make something else. Not that I wouldn't ever come back and make another Chelsea... but for now, I think one more will do it.
I've been working through the Wardrobe Architect worksheets and I've come up with my 4 style words. That was a really interesting process. There were lots of different exercises that generated describing words as part of the responses to the questions. From there, you make a list of all the different words - at least 15. Then you cull 3-5 of the most resonate out to make your style words. Mine were: graceful, effortless, timeless, and unique. One can aspire!