Several months ago, my daughter and I made necklaces to sell at the local markets. One of the ones that didn't sell just happened to match this dress perfectly.
I will admit that the dress is a little frumpy. Even the RTW version looks frumpy on a skinny model.
I didn't make a muslin, but I did a quick tissue fit on my dummy to take out a SBA. I had pinned out 4 cm of length through the bodice, which is typical for me and Vogue, but the waist line ended up way above my waist so I put it back in. Lucky I did take a few minutes to tissue fit.
I made the bodice lining out of a lightweight cotton. I probably could have even lengthened the front bodice a little more.
I decided that I didn't need the dress bodice to be much fuller than the lining, so I folded out 2 of the front pleats before cutting out the front bodice.
I didn't want any extra fullness at the back either, so I used the lining + facing instead of the back bodice pattern piece.
Quick shot of the back...not the most flattering, but you can see the fullness at the back.
I omitted the skirt lining and lengthened the skirt and overlay by about an inch.
Can you see the mangos on the tree behind me? We are not far off mango & ginger jam season!