Would you mind sharing your fabric choice for this (type of) garment? I was thinking a knit might be more forgiving of my less-than accurate measurements.
I think lightweight fabrics work best for this dress. Both of the fabrics I used are 100% polyester--keeping it affordable! One was a 'sating lookalike' and the pther was a woven fabric. I'm pretty sure this
is the fabric I used for the top and bottom pieces, while I used the woven fabric for the middle piece (also from Jo-Ann's, but I can't find it on the website). If the knit was a light one, I'm sure it would be fine for this and would make the bottom nice and flowy!
I've drafted as best I could to the instructions only to realize that the pattern back seems to cut away from the shoulder blades leaving a 4in strap along the spine from neck to waist. Was it a design decision to the leave in the covered back or did I look at the wrong instructions?
Those are the right instructions, I just modified the back of mine so I could use the fur as a trim. I just got rid of the t-strap back by extending the back bodice piece, and I also made it in a sort of 'U' shape to fit flush with the fur.
And about the measurements, I didn't even realize the hips are bigger in the instructions! I thought it was a mistake I made (I resized the pattern, too), so I just quickly sewed up the hips' sides before taking the pictures. This probably applies to other patterns in that category of the website too, so thanks for pointing that out
I commend you for braving the pattern, and I hope you post pictures of the finished piece!