FYI: I'm wearing a black camisole under the dress.
Fashion fabric - Brownish olive rayon/lycra (at least according to my burn test) jersey that I purchased as an unlabeled remnant from the Pacific Fabrics Outlet, 2 yards at $7/yd = $14
Drawstring - Black cotton twill tape (I looked for olive cording but couldn't find a good match), 5 yards at 15 cents/yd= 75 cents
Neckline: The instructions call for you to stabilize the neck edge of the front bodice with seam binding, then line the bodice with the fashion fabric. I didn't like how the seam binding caused the neckline to look rippled, so I cut out the lining and seam binding, and instead finished the neckline with a self-fabric binding.
original sleeve pattern piece folded; altered sleeve front & back pattern pieces
Sleeve: The sleeve is drafted to be extremely full; I redrafted it in my own haphazard way to make it less full (folding in the sides, slashing and overlapping the center), and then cut it down the middle in order to add a seam on the top of the arm. I left an opening in the top seam of the sleeve, at the casing, for the drawstring. I also shortened the sleeve pattern piece several inches.
Skirt: I shortened the front and back skirt pattern pieces several inches. I left an opening on one side seam of the skirt, at the casing hem, for the drawstring. Lining: Or lack thereof; the dress would be fully lined if you follow the directions, but because of my alterations, the dress is completely unlined.
This is the kind of shot that tabloids use to start pregnancy rumors
Will there be a 'next time'?
I'm not enamoured with the fit, so this pattern will be a one-hit wonder for me.