Let's just say my version of this pattern was close to a disaster - it is so frumpy and the fit is terrible.
I like the frill detail, but when it comes to construction, how am I supposed to set in a sleeve when the frill goes right to the edge of the shoulder? It made it very tricky if near impossible. Then the front of the dress is really wide and once gathered sticks out in unflattering places - do I want my boobs to look any bigger? The shoulders are very sloping but broad. So many issues that a muslin would have picked up...*sigh*
So the top of the dress after about an hour of unpicking, tucking, regathering and resewing actually sits ok, but with the skirt on is terrible. I think the waist is slightly too high and too big but if I pull it in the skirt poofs out. It is so unflattering I am not even going to show you a picture of me in it. I showed my husband and he just said "oh" and then after a huge pause "it fits kind of weird" - I think this was his way of being diplomatic.
Here are some of the pattern pieces - unmarked but this is normal for the time. Check out the shoulder slope on the back piece!
It is too wide in the shoulders and bust (and I thought I would be busty enough!). I am not happy with it and think I will re-cut it into something else. Maybe a skirt or I'll buy some more, keep the skirt and make a new top, perhaps similar but that fits correctly. I am so frustrated I have thrown it into the corner. Does anyone get these issues?
On the plus side - I did learn that if I was around back then I could have purchased literature that would make me taller - being 5'2" I think that would have been great. Wonder what the literature said? It was even offered with a guarantee. I love ads from back then - amusing stuff!