Those pattern pieces mean your bodice is right up under your boobs, and I wanted a gathered skirt, so I thought I'd also make a waistband to attach the gathered skirt and the bodice together (so that it didn't like a baby doll dress gone wrong) and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out:
It was a cotton table cloth before (at least I think it was, since all the edges were hemmed) and I folded it in half and used 20 inches of fabric for the skirt and I used the hem of the tablecloth so I didn't have to hem the skirt at the end.
I matched up the yellow stripe in the bodice and the waistband so that the brighter colours were at the front, and kinda matched the collar as best as the fabric left over allowed.
As the tablecloth material is kinda thick, and I didn't really have enough to do a proper collar (you know facing or lining or whatever it's called) I zig zagged the edges and then ironed them under and top stitched the edges. It doesn't have the weight now, and I'm considering ironing interfacing underneath, but we'll see if I get round to it. As I'm over facings in bodices, I used the bias binding technique again on the collar and the armholes, and with heaps of ironing they work fine.
As for the umbrella? It has rained NON STOP since Friday here at my house, and Husbie and I were laughing so much outside taking these phots! And the pin curls? Addicted! I keep forgetting to show you after shots of my hair!
So, it's another rainy day here and I think we'll get the house a little ship shaped and then I'll finish off a few other things. I guess this dress is kinda part of Amanda's Vintage Pattern Challenge, but I will do the full version of the dress too (maybe with sleeves?) AND I've got to show you the pink stripey dress finished too (hemming today).