The true genius of this pattern is the lining. (There are so many explanations of this technique out there that I feel ridiculous even mentioning it.) The lining ends up shorter than the bodice, which is what creates the blousing, but it also means that the lining fits pretty closely. The result is zero gaping at the neckline, which is really awesome when you have little kiddos to chase around. Moving without feeling exposed is kind of important to me. However, this dress does feel a little odd because it looks a lot different than it feels. I expected it a looser fit, and I thought I had cut a size too small, but once everything came together, I realized all was well. I can wiggle into this dress without much trouble, so I left out the zipper in the back.
This is a perfect pattern for a beginner. The elastic at the waist is forgiving to any mishaps, there are no darts to worry about, and it's a fabulous showcase for gorgeous fabric. Speaking of fabric, this was my birthday present from my mama. She came up to visit me right around my birthday, and we visited a huge fabric store nearby. My mom knows exactly what I want, and she told me to pick out something I loved. Thank you so much, Mama!