Anyway, here it is, the THIRD version of this great dress pattern by my dear tailor, Mohammed. Shukria, Mohammed--it still looks great & is (I think) very flattering. I'm reading my grandmother's 1956 Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book (Revised & Enlarged).
Fabric was very cheap in Abu Dhabi (but you could only get raw silk, some linen and lots of cotton or cotton/poly blends). Anyway, most of what I bought for these dresses (and for my roommate's shirts) was US$1.08/yard. I bought a lot. At that price, I bought pretty much any fabric that appealed, looked neato, whatever. I eventually figured out what to do with it. (I still have some that is awaiting use.)
Here's a picture of the fabric, up close. I love that it has little camels & horses & suns on it in this cool rock-art drawing style. As a former archeologist's assistant, it really appeals to me. And I did buy the fabric in Abu Dhabi, so the camels are perfect.