I made a size 10 through the shoulders, and gradually graded to a size 14 through the waist and hips. I get nervous when grading this much, but it really payed off in this dress and the fit turned out absolutely perfect; form fitting, yet with adequate breathing room. This dress was an absolute success!
The fabric is something new I found at Joann's on a recent trip. I believe the fabric was called a "weft bottom weave," and it is a cotton/polyester blend. They had this fabric available in several solid colors, and I really enjoyed working with it for this dress. It was heavy enough for apparel sewing, but still had a soft drape. Anyone know what it means to be a "weft bottom weave?" I'd certainly like to learn more about this new find!