Once I was happy with the fit on the bodice, I moved to the skirt. Just look how much fabric I had to play with!!
I cut the skirt down the side seams given it needed a lot of reshaping & I decided I would put pleats, directly aligned with the bodice detailing. I also matched up the zig zag of the pattern top & skirt. I marked the mid point on the fabric, then measured out to the pleats on either side. I made the pleats 12cm each, so folded over at 6 cm and sewed down for 15cm. I then pressed it open & sewed it open.
I then shaped darts into the back skirt piece & using the dress form again & fitting it to the bodice sewed the side seams back together. Whilst working on it, I sewed the lining to the top fabric down all the seams so it didn't move:
Next job was simply attaching the bodice & skirt.
Next job the sleeves. I basically just cut the arm hole so it was in the right place on the bodice & then re-attached the sleeves on all sides but at the top - as you can see there was a lot of extra fabric there:
I then just put in a pleat to take in the extra fabric, aligned with the shoulder seam:
I wanted to add some detailing to jazz it up a bit and I had the wonderful thick ribbon I bought recently - so that was destined for the waistband! Here I first just pinned it on to check that it was sitting right, then I stitched it carefully in cream down the cream stripes top & bottom of the ribbon.
And it was nearly finished!! I had originally planned not to touch the hem (lazy :), but I realised it was just too long so I did cut it and re-hemmed it to the right length. And a zip had to go in-, down the side seam (site of the original zip but a lot further in) big job was lining the ribbon up so the stripes sat well - it would look terrible if that was off (well it was off the first time I tacked it and it did look awful, but I got it right with a bit of alteration)
So then it was finished- except I felt the sleeve was a bit boring, so I went for a bit of added detail and made a placket to add to it using a small button:
And then it really was finished!! I thought it may have been a quick project given I was starting from a finished dress, but I re did everything apart from the neckline & avoiding to make a separate lining- but it is a very cost effective dress and I like it a lot !!!