The bright plaid is so happy and Springy, so I'm glad I finally finished it. However, it doesn't fit perfectly. Lining a dress like this makes it 100 times more difficult to make and almost impossible to fit. (I guess that's why experienced seamstresses make a muslin first.) It's too big in the shoulders (thus the need for the tank top), and the slippery lining was causing it to fall open every time I sat down.
I had actually given up on this dress. But after a break yesterday afternoon, I had the inspiration to sew the front flap of the skirt closed. That simple alteration actually made it much more practical for my everyday life than my store-bought wrap dresses.
As always, I learned a lot about myself and about life while making this dress. I noticed that I have a tendancy to disregard advice that I feel would take too long to implement. I can always figure out a quicker way to do it. I end up learning the reason for "long way" by doing it the "longer way" (meaning my way, which doesn't work, and then their way).
After I make the dress I promised my daughter, I'm going to start on a new (and simpler) pattern for a wrap dress.