So, I made my own! I used a sturdy-weight cotton and pewter buttons. I've made this dress up a couple times, once with the mandarin collar option and once just the skirt attached to the bodice of another shirt-dress. This time, I lengthened the sleeves slightly and turned the cuffs up only once. I kept the bodice the same length but gave it a waistband (which I did the first time I made this pattern because I forgot to add length, and I loved the way it looked!) I adapted the wrap bodice to mimic the cut of the Shabby Apple dress. It's a mock wrap, attached all the way around, and opens with a side zipper.
I also changed the cut of the neckline to reflect the inspiration dress, and also to be a little more modest than the Simplicity pattern. I drafted pockets like those on the Shabby Apple dress, and made an extra-long sash, since the original wraps twice. All the bodice seams are flat-felled; the skirt was supposed to be French-seamed but I made it in a hurry so the edges are still raw. I need to go back and finish them properly. I think this came out pretty close to the inspiration dress! It's not exact, but the "feel" is the same and it's really fun to wear.
I wanted to do a photo shoot with a similar setting and similar poses to the original, as well. I finished the dress in time to take it to Italy in March, and I really wanted to do a shoot there -- the inspiration dress was photographed in France and it would have been fun to have a European shoot! But we were all much too busy sightseeing to stop and take photos of our clothing. So I only have one decent shot of it, sitting on the edge of a fountain near St. Mark's square in Venice, waiting for the rest of the group to show up so we could go on a gondola ride. No make up and my hair was everywhere -- but it's in Europe! ;-)
For the rest of the photos we went onto campus and tried to find European-looking spots for pictures :-)
This is a great summer dress - light and airy and easy to wear. And it cost me only a third of the Shabby Apple price! I think this is going to be the first in a series of "knock-off dresses" -- there's another Shabby Apple one I've got the perfect fabric for, and I have so many others on my wish-list!