I was really taken with McCalls 5972 - a Laura Ashley sheath dress with a retro collar:
I made view "B", with a plaid that looks like a wool, but is really a synthetic blend I found at Hancock's. It was perfect for this pattern: soft drape for the collar, but enough body for the dress. I don't know what possessed me to choose a plaid for my first rendition of this dress - all that extra matching at the center of the dress, and the skirt sides took more way more time, but I just liked the look of this plaid. The collar rolled perfectly, and this synthetic was more of a pleasure to work with than I had anticipated. I made a size 12 with no alterations, except for the side seams which I varied based on the finished pattern measurements. I sewed the side seams with a 5/8 inch seam allowance above the bust darts, and then narrowed the side seams to 1/2 inch to the waist. I made the skirt with 1/2 inch side seams and got a very good fit.
(This fabric really is wrinkle resistant - I had been sitting all day at work when this photo was taken.) My only other change was that I used silk shantung bias strips to finish the armholes, rather than single fold bias tape the pattern called for. There is a side seam zipper and a back vent. The bodice is lined, and I used some light pink cotton batiste I had leftover in the stash.
All and all, this turned out to be a very comfortable and professional dress and I recommend the pattern.