With much relief I want to say my first foray into Japanese pattern books worked!
This pattern is going to be a favourite for knits but I want to make up this dress in a woven. The next step is a muslin out of something slippery from the stash and if that works I want to do it in silk with silk lining for a special event. I had a standby pattern in case this pattern did not work. The motif on the material ended up centered by accident. I didn't realize the motifs were so big and the material was only just wide enough for the pattern piece.
Then I almost bungled the sleeves. I had hemmed too much of the armhole opening and taken it up too far to the wrong marking and the placement of the back neck piece did not work. I wasn't going to unpick it so I re pinned the back neck which left me with the option of placing the gathered bit under the bodice side a bit further down the front armhole than the pattern says. Then I top stitched it in place. The construction is actually simple once you know how (like many things). I want to try some of the more outlandish garments later. DD likes this dress too.
Rearranging the front sleeve cap
Off to do the woven. I was glad to find there is a Pattern Review of a woven version of this dress here
Happy sewing people. A link to my review is here