I titled this the "China Dress" because the fabric is reminiscent of blue china to me. It is a gorgeous cotton with subtle metallic highlights (like gold or silver leaf on china:) purchased from Hobby Lobby.
|It feels as pretty as it looks|
The dress is not lined. The neckline is finished with a facing, and the armholes are finished with bias tape, which makes the inside tidy. She did finish all other seams by sewing a line in each seam allowance and then pinking the edges.
It closes with a lapped zipper at the back.
She didn't add any to the length (she is 5'9" for reference), so there was not much room to turn up a hem. A circle skirt should have a very narrow hem anyway, so we used hem tape sewn to the edge and turned up. I think that also added a little weight and helped the hem to hold its shape.
As sometimes happens, a new dress necessitates new shoes and purse:), but thankfully we found both quickly and very reasonably.
I love the retro feel of this, and the fit is spot-on. Truly it looks lovely on her. As I did not make this dress myself I cannot offer my opinion, but my daughter says that this pattern is quite easy and not hard to understand at all. I will let her results speak for themselves.