Trying another of the op-shop patterns. This one is copyrighted 1974 ... I was 8 way back then! The pattern has never been used, wow ... that's saying something! It's a rather plain pattern, but there is something appealing about the cut and the front bodice.
As something completely new, I decided to tissue fit the pattern ... cut it all out carefully and pinned together. The pattern is a size 18 (yikes) but seems to be ok ... nothing major needs fixing, and as there are 1.5cm seam allowances, there is some measure of adjustment level involved. I bought some teal mechanical stretch fabric (150cm wide & $5.99/metre) ... it will fall beautifully and wash like a dream.
I was going to adjust to make 3/4 length sleeves, however will follow the pattern properly the first time. Who knows, I might just like it, and with winter coming up, the long sleeves may be handy.
The other issue I have is that it's falls just below the knee, whereas I tend to wear everything very long (just above the ankles - ballet length). Might give it a go, with black sheer stockings and black shoes, my legs might fade into the background ...
Will post pictures as they happen.