Well, I did the overly done "Simplicity 2603 Cozy." I thought it would be an easy pattern but it was irritating to me in many respects - I'll post the review on PR sometime in the next day or two and link to it in my blog here.
Well, Simplicity Patterns just seem to irritate me - I may be a beginner but some things about their drafting don't make sense. So, in total, I like the cozy but I don't love it. I made the full arms, and really adding the bell sleeves looks wonky (and my stitching is iffy). In addition, I think the back is a bit short - I'd prefer two more inches. . . in reading the pattern reviews, I noticed that most people said the M was too large for them (with similar figures) but I made a large and it has a lot of ease but isn't that long in the back. Similarly, I made another rookie error - no forward sleeve adjustment and round back adjustment which would have corrected the back length. . . I even did that on the Elvis'. The sleeves had a ridiculous amount of ease on the shoulder portion making them hard to set in or get them flat (after three tries I'm sticking with what I have).
I like it better today with it on than yesterday - when I wanted to throw it out of our house!!
My mother helpfully added that it's the worst thing she's ever seen and hates the style (not necessarily my sewing:)).
So, I'm taking a step back to some easy pants with a little elastic in the back - I think the stretch knit was too much for me. . . it took just over four hours but it did drive me a bit nutty (because of the redos).
Finally, it is slimming on but I don't love being "Maude." I'm very sensitive to that:) I include a picture on "Wilheminia" the dressform. . . .