I am currently working on a dress. I am almost finished with it, should finish it either tonight or tomorrow, just in time to wear on Resurrection Sunday!
I love the pattern, but I needed to bring the neckline up and the hem down. Most patterns will say "cut here to shorten or lengthen", but they usually don't say anything about bringing up the neckline. I'm teaching one of the preteens at church how to sew and she kept saying she wanted the "square neckline" in the photo, but I had to explain with a gathered neckline (peasant style) that was not possible with bringing the neckline up.
First thing that I did was measure how much I needed to bring the neckline up, I looked at the picture and put ruler where it looked like it came to then measured up the soft spot where my neck and chest meet. (I don't know what that is called!)
If you do not understand any of my instructions, feel free to ask!
Update: To see the finished dress go here: http://missyscakesandaprons.blogspot.com/2012/04/wanna-see-my-new-dress.html
My husband sent me this picture saying it was me! I would love to have some penguins, guess I'll just have to settle for my cats instead!