This dress gave me a hard time! It looks easy but is time consuming. I started off with a 1in FBA, converted the gathers to darts and graded up to my size. I love how the skirt fits, but it will be a long time before I sew 15 buttons and buttonholes again. I do plan on one for winter, but will cut the front skirt on the fold and make it button to the waist only.