This dress took a bit of time to pull together. There was no way I was going to attempt b5418 in one night. With the amount of gathers in the bodice, I would have had the quick un pick as my third hand. I've tried to style this dress with blue and black shoes.
Below are the front pleats. The vertical pleats fold over the side horizontal pleats.
Below are the back neckline pleats.
The pic below shows how this dress would be great for someone who's pregnant. There's lots of room at the front. To overcome this volume, experiment and extend the front vertical gathers. With our humid days, I'm sticking with this version for the time being.
The fabric is from Knitwit and has two-way stretch. The other great thing with this dress is it has a 'foundation piece' under the bodice to give some support. The straps have pleating and should be wider on my shoulders, like the picture but they didn't work out that way.
When you wear the short version with flat heels, it's a basic beach dress so this style is adaptable, depending on the wearer/occassion.
The only adjustment was the hem length, so really this is a toile.