IAMCHAR, thank you for the advise, I definately see what you are saying with the gather at the front. I am planning on sewing another dress like this for my roommate and I will try cutting the top of the skirt in a W shape and see how that goes.
So after spending what felt like an eternity at the mall today I finally found a dress that I liked but that was a little bit too long than what I was looking for. I decided when I got home to sew a shorter dress based on that one. I had no idea how it was going to turn out until it was done but I am pretty happy with the final dress. Other than an apron that I made a pattern up for, this is my first "from scratch" outfit that I didn't use a pattern for. Comments/criticism are welcome. Thanks for looking!!