Yes, I’ve gone all ‘Sound of Music’, and made a frock from some old curtains bought from a charity shop I – and I LOVE it! The linings did not come up very bright when washed so they have been used for toiles (nothing gets wasted), and the curtains themselves had one faded area, but I have managed to cut around that so its all good. I started with the bodice from Butterick 5603 as I know it is (now) an excellent fit. I have already adjusted it slightly to reduce width of the front slightly at the neckline. This is now my ‘go to’ fitted bodice pattern. I wanted a circled skirt rather than fitted or gathered – I just find that gathering can add bulk to my waistline. The fabric does have a checked pattern to it which will slope off because of the circular skirt, but I am happy with this – it looks quite effective. I know I can draft my own circle skirt pattern, but looked at my little collection and decided to add the skirt from Butterick B5813, which has 2 deep pleats on each side at the front. As the fabric is fairly heavy and a loose weave, I have interlining it with a light, white cotton fabric. This has helped to strengthen the dress structurally without adding weight, and stops the pieces from skewing out of shape before stitching. I had tried washing the fabric at a high temperature to see if it tightened the weave at all, but it didn’t seem to help. I have altered the neckline as I fancied a scooped out neckline with a fairly low back. This was my first attempt and I used a french curve. It took two attempts to get the scoop right as it was more of a curved v-neck at first. The tip is that the neckline needs to be horizontal at the centre front. This is before the neckline is scooped out further: When the basic dress was put together I was really pleased. Need to decide about the length (I am thinking about knee length?) and also whether to face or line the bodice. Given the weight/bulk of the fabric, I decided to line it with a plain cotton and am absolutely delighted with it now that it is finished: I really love this but do feel that it is probably more of an autumn/winter weight dress as it is very heavy, but this gives the skirt a lovely fullness and swish factor. It is perfect on those not so warm summer days. I should be able to add small sleeves in the autumn if I want to then. I haven’t drafted sleeves to fit into a pre-existing arm hole before so that would be interesting.