Preserving the anonymity of my beautiful colleague (whose dress is SOO pretty), giving you the full look here.
Thanks everyone for your assistance with my hemming issues. I thought the string and chalk method wouldnt work for such a full skirt and I just did as an anonymous poster suggested and hung it on a hanger and measured down from there. The dress had been hanging for a few days so it was well and truly dropped.
It still wasnt perfect but at that stage I just wanted to finish and forget about it.
I feel so liberated now that its finally done !
In summary this dress was easy to make, is very figure flattering and comfortable.
Negatives were definitely hemming. And the fabric component. Even cutting off 15cms from the bottom of the pattern pieces didnt save me much. It took 4.5 metres with a bit left over.
10/10 Vogue 1172 !
If you plan on making it and want to see my progress posts they are here for the toile, here for a progress update, and here for hemming problems with great solutions.
And Sewing Pattern review here