Thank you all for your lovely comments on the formal dress.
Now I'm back I'm trying to put together some summer and corporate clothes for me.
I made this dress very quickly as a trial run for Simplicity 2622 using very cheap $1 a metre fabric from the stash. The fit is fine, but this style is not recommended for anyone over a B cup. Having the bodice cut off cut below the bust point and drop straight is "stoutening" (a lovely word found in my 1950s dressmaking instruction book). Definitely just a house frock. But I do like the lace insert on the hem - I'll do this again when I find the right sundress pattern.
If anyone would like to swap this uncut project runway pattern for another uncut dress or blouse pattern contact me.