I needed a casual, comfortable dress for weekends, and I have been dying to make a peplum top, so I made Burdastyle 08/2012 #115 as a 'wearable muslin' (well, I first made an unwearable muslin, then made the dress). It was quick and dirty. Serged edges inside, machine stitched hem. The only thing I hand-stitched was the zipper and the hook and eye. The pattern includes lines to cut off the skirt into a peplum, so that's what I'll be undertaking in the next couple of weeks.
I was too cheap/lazy to get an invisible zipper, so I did a hand picked zipper instead. I quite like the look.
I wore it today to Wynyard Quarter, a newly re-vamped industrial area of Auckland. It's Auckland fashion week and unbeknownst to us they were having a big fashion event (sale?) in the building behind me. The fashionistas were out in full force, and I can say that not a one was wearing a floral dress with bare legs. I guess I'm ahead of the curve, or something . . .
The back hem is a bit longer than the front. I'm not sure if that's what the pattern intended, but the waistline has the same shape. I like the mini high-low look that's going on, so I'm not going to fix it. I do need to lower the waistline about an inch all around though. I did lower it 3/4" from the original, but I think it's still too high.