I'm not thrilled with this dress. Now, I remember why I prefer wovens over knits. Knits don't press well. They stretch and move on their own when you're trying to cut them. Knits are like naughty children. They turn out fine in the end, but they require a little extra watching. They can't be trusted.
Let's deconstruct this dress.
I liked the print on the bolt in the store. But, it's a little busy on me. I interfaced the facing with what I thought was a fusible knit tricot interfacing. But, it didn't stretch at all once it was fused to the fabric. Somehow, the facing ended up about 1 1/2 inch shorter than the front when I pinned them together. The length difference didn't go away with easing. Lucky for me, the print is so busy you can't really see the resulting puckers in the front. Usually, I avoid belted dresses because I don't have a waist. I let my waist "zone" see the belt, hoping it would get the idea and magically turn into a waist "line" when I put it on. No such luck. But, without the belt, the dress looked frumpy. I couldn't win. I'm the one woman on the earth who can't wear wrap dresses.
Now the positive: Several of my last BWOF projects used a narrow zig-zag or rolled hem finish. First, I basted to mark the hemline. Then I pressed up the hem allowance as well as I could; knits being so hard to press, and all.
I used wooly nylon to serge the rolled hem along the fold. The final step was to trim away the allowance.
It's a nice enough hem treatment. It gives a little lettuce edge flounce to the hemline. I like this dress from the hips down. It's the only part of the dress I actually like. The little flounce at the hem is the reason.
The old folks say, "Nothing beats a try but a failure". Well, this "try" was beaten senseless by "failure". Oprah says, "What are you supposed to learn from this experience?" I learned: You can't hit one out of the park every time you're at bat. I'm going to hang this in the closet and move on the the next project and not look back.
ETA: When my daughter saw me in this dress, she said she liked it -- and she rarely compliments me. Go figure!