I've been making dresses, often from recycled clothing. You've seen some of these before, notably the what would Rachel wear? dress on the far right.
The blue tie-dye rayon dress is the pieced bodice of Burda 8985 V2.
I've made shirtdresses from scratch before, like this rayon number from a 1980s Ralph Lauren pattern. (You can see a full length photo of the dress on me in Two Scarves. ) I was not happy with the waist seam construction and looking for a better way. Click on this photo to see the words on the print. Laying out the dress so that "look here" does not appear on potentially embarrassing locations took a great deal of time. LOL.
The Burda 8985 method of sewing a 1" wide straight seam, finishing the edges, then topstitching the seam allowance to the bodice with some elastic inside is certainly much easier and faster. It can be bulky in a heavier fabric. But, in a light one, it yields good results.
I came across this blue men's shirt at Goodwill, with a ketchup stain on one sleeve. I chopped off the lower sleeves with the stain about 6" below the underarm seam. Then I chopped off the bodice about 18" below the back neck like this. (I have a 15.5" back waist, the seam allowance takes up 1", and that leaves 1.5" for blousing and movement ease.)
vintage Issey Miyake pattern. Stay tuned!