I have this old dress form I got at a garage sale in Minnesota and finally got around to setting it up and found out the largest it would expand is 1 size smaller than what I wear. Oh well, I will put my outfits on it anyway. A new form isn't high on my want list. Maybe an old one someday.
This is one of the shirtwaist dresses I made using Vogue 8021. I am not a fan of notched collars, but this one wasn't too hard to put together. I purchased the fabric from Hancock's several years ago. The cotton is fairly heavy compared to some quilt cottons offered now. It is a good cool weather dress. I like to have side seam pockets. I add a brown belt to finish it off.
I didn't put in the darts and pleats but sewed it together at the waist and then added elastic. I like a little more ease of movement and sometimes my tummy likes a little more room.