the pattern is very easy. i used velvet, which can be slippery and difficult to cut accurately. the pattern is very forgiving in that respect. Even when my notches didn’t align perfectly, it wasn’t noticeable. I used the ruffle bonus sleeve and it looks great. (photos coming). i added 2″ for an above the knee length hem. I’m 5″1′. i chose the size based on my hip dimension (i’m an apple-shape) and the shoulders fit perfectly. i think if i had chosen based on bust size it would have been to big… not sure what that means just thought i’d include it. i’ll definitely make it again. the fabric looks weird because it was damaged by pressing it. :-\ it seems tight at the upper chest and darts are too low, i should have known to adjust that for my short stature.