(Awkward arm angle to show the side panels :)
All the seams are topstitched as they are sewn, so that made fitting a bit more challenging. Not only did I reapply the zipper multiple times, I also had to recut the back bodice top after I attempted to fit the dress by only taking it in along the center back. In the end, recutting the back bodice, ripping out lots of stitches and taking it in along the sides worked much better!
The fabric for the dress is incredible (and from Britex's remnant department!). It's a very lightweight wool, which is slightly brushed and extremely soft. It's gorgeous and perfect for this dress style. While the pattern calls for only lining the bodice (what is that about, anyway??) I lined the whole thing with nude-colored Bemberg (also from Britex)
It's not quite warm enough to go with only cap sleeves, so I wore this with a close-fitting 3/4 sleeved magenta cardigan and light pink sparkly flats.