For my initial tank version, I sewed it up exactly like the pattern (picture below on left), with the high round neckline. For the dress version though, I wanted to change things up a bit, and add a deep v to both the front and back of the neckline, like my inspiration on the right below. I also wanted to eliminate the fold-over at the low waist, as it would hit at a not-so-flattering spot on me, and probably wouldn't even show up really with the busy print. If you're extra observant, you may notice that I have raised the dart up in the picture above, as it hit a little low on my first version. It didn't really work though, so I have to research a bit on how to fix that problem. It's a common one I have, being on the petite/smaller-boobed side of things.
I winged the neckline adjustment, and didn't account for the width of the bias tape finish properly, so I ended up doing exposed bias tape instead of on the inside, like the pattern calls for, because it would have been super bulky otherwise. I would have preferred it inside, but I don't think it looks bad.
As far as a pattern goes, it is a quick sew and a great basic design, there are definitely more in my future! Without further ado, my Willow dress:
Again, this was very much a wing-it project, and I made it all up as I went. I initially thought about finding buckles and doing a more professional closure, but my impatience won out and I just went for ankle straps that tied. The biggest change was that I intended to double up the ankle straps, but for some reason forgot I needed to then cut 8 pieces instead of 4. I only had enough fabric for four, and there was no way I was going to be able to do a skinny hem on those bad boys (fray city), so I took advantage of the frayiness and just sewed a double line close to the edge and frayed up to my sewn line. I really like the way it looks, and think it would have been too thick to double-up anyway. There are a few things I might adjust eventually (the front piece is maybe a touch loose, and the angle the ankle-straps are attached at is not big enough), but I'm really pleased with them. Unfortunately, their first trip out I managed to step in both a giant wad of gum and dog poop, but that's just part of breaking them in, right?