We're leaving for Oireachtas tomorrow (well, Oireachtas by way of Grandma's house for Thanksgiving), and I'm trying to throw together 2 dress covers. And I've never sewn a dress cover, and don't have a pattern.
One done, in fabric to match the dress bag (gosh, it would've been convenient if I'd known we were going to make something else out of this so I would've purchased an appropriate amount at the time).
I wish I had more of the pink binding to go around the sleeves. And I wish I had time to sew it to the neck better, but that's not currently an option. For that matter, I wish I'd designed the front panel a differently, to give it more swing when it's worn over the dress, but I think I might be overthinking this -- it's supposed to be simply a bathrobe-type garment to protect the dress, not a fashion statement in its own right.
I took inspiration from an Ottobre pattern -- the double-breasted coats in issue 6/2008. I love the seams down the front, although they're swallowed up in the busy-ness of this fabric. Okay, yeah, Project Runway contestants don't get to crib from Ottobre, but they don't have to interrupt their sewing to go get their Girl Scout troop's Fall Product order, or clean out all of the litter boxes before they leave on a trip, or take a kid to the orthodontist to pick up retainers, so it all evens out.