0-16, I made the 8. I'd had problems with sizing before, but this one fits very well and I'd say it's true to size. The breezy design doesn't need fitting, so I think it's ideal for beginners.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, both versions did.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes! Even though I left out the zipper, which is probably the most difficult part.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The design reminds me of 70s/early 80s fashion (in a very good way!). I could see my 30 year old mum wear this in Kenya, where she used to live back then.
I liked the breezyness (is that a word?) of the design, though I'm not sure about the blousing on me. It's not a style I usually wear, but it's very comfortable.
First version: A silk/cotton blend "Radiance poplin" from my stash (originally from fabric.com). Very pretty feel, sheen and drape, but wrinkles like crazy!
Second version: a polyester/cotton blend I bought at Fabric Mart in Kailua on O'ahu, Hawai'i. It's extremely pretty, but has incredible static cling. Will line the skirt, to avoid it sticking to my legs.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the zipper, as others had mentioned it's easy to get on and off without. It is! Next one I make I will also omit the centre back seam (I had to in this version, as I used narrow fabric).
Minor change: lengthening the skirt, as I'm 5''8' (170cm) as opposed to the 5''4' (162.5cm).
EDIT: I made a second (maxi) version, for which I did the above mentioned alterations. I also reduced the blousing by 2cm front and back. Now it is perfect and I really like that style on me!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I have a fabric that is perfect for a maxi version in my stash (yay for stashbusting!). I'll reduce the blousing just a bit (2cm), though.
2nd version: see above. I used the mentioned stash fabric and did the blousing alteration. For now I have enough Saltsprings, but will very probably make others when these wear out.
Very well drafted and written pattern. It's a quick make, and there's no big need for fitting, so great for beginners if made in a non-slippery fabric!