I finally decided to stop just looking at all the cute dresses people have made on the internet, and make my own. I really should step away from the computer more often!
I decided that the key to making a quick dress from a vintage pattern is to find a kimono sleeve. So I went through my stash and found one from my Grandma. I think she made the jacket some time, because the pattern pieces were labeled. It also helped my quick-make factor that there was only one size (mine), and the pattern didn't need to be cut out. Just slap it right on the fabric and cut!
It only took me a day and a half, but it was a good thing I didn't have too much else I needed to do. And DH was very good about letting me sew. But he likes it when I have a new dress--probably because they actually fit me and show off what curves I do have.
Here's that lovely pleated bodice.