I cut the pattern out and that went smoothly. I started assembling the dress. It used sew in interfacing which I had never used before but it wasn't difficult. I started putting the top together and disliked it. When I was understitching the facing I was afraid I was going to sew my finger. When I turned the fabric right side out it was rumply, A friend texted me at this point and asked me what i was up to I replied I'm yelling obscenities at a piece a leopard fabric. I like the neckline. Its a faux wrap. And I really like the gathered shoulders.
After I put the back facing in it told me slip stitch the facing to the zipper tape. And I was all what zipper?!?! At this point I decided to do it my way. Which was pretty much the way the pattern wanted you to I just made up the order. I told my friend I didn't hate purple leopard dress anymore. I put in the zipper by hand because I couldn't get it right with the machine. I also thought my thread color stood out too much. I finished it last Saturday morning so I could wear it to my birthday party. I wanted to hem it by hand but that morning I was like no time for that. So I may take out the stitching and do it by hand later.
But I really like the dress now. I don't know if I would make the dress again but the pencil one with shoulder bows is very tempting. And it moves very well.