I made some alterations to the pattern to suit my body shape. Firstly omitting the gathered waist, instead I added the middle tier panel to the bottom of the top pattern and taking it in a bit at the bottom sides. The top half of the dress is lined with a silk/cotton voile. Then I lengthened the bottom tier panel and gathered this to the top half of dress... always a sucker for a drop waisted dress! The bottom panel has a 2.5 inch hem and I made a self fabric tie belt to gather the dress in at the hips.
It's a great pattern, in particular the cut away armholes and gathered neckline details. I'll definitely have to try this pattern as a top next.