|Needs a haircut.|
I think it's perfectly wearable as is, but the fit in back needs work. Deeper darts at the back neck, and maybe shortening the bodice length in back will help. It also feels tight when I extend my arms forward, so I need to figure out the best fix for that. And eek, as drafted the skirt is pretty short! I finished it with self bias binding so that I wouldn't lose any length, but as a work dress it's pushing it.
There are some neat little details in the design that I love: like the neckline, and the two gathered areas in the front of the skirt. It looks early 1960s-ish to me. And the belt -- I'm not that big on belts in general, but I love this one! I need to do some re-drafting on it: it's too loose, and expects you to taper in at the waist, which I don't, so it's sitting a little low. But I love the design, and will use it to make belts for other dresses too. I actually made it twice: the first time I tried to use the main fabric for the gathered part, and it didn't gather nicely, so I did it again using the lining fabric, which happily is a really good match color-wise.
The dress fabric is Tencel twill, purchased from the clearance area at JoAnn's last year. I made a skirt from it already too, and have enough for one more garment, probably. The lining's a poly-cotton lawn. I expect to make another Peony at some point, from aubergine lightweight suiting material. I'm not sure I want the longer sleeve as originally planned, as I like moving my arms a lot, and do not wish to feel constrained. :) In fact, I might go sleeveless.
While pondering the sleeve question, fitting changes, and other deep earth-shattering issues, I have pretty much finished another dress. I had been away from my vintage pattern stash too long, so I dove in and came up with a nice 1950s mail order pattern. I can already tell that I'm going to love it!