Okay, so Ive made 5 of these dresses from my 40s repro pattern and I do so adore them. The back bodice of the pattern has one long gather across the waistline, which creates a boxy look above the belt. I am cool with this on some of the dresses with lighter fabric, as the drape shows the gathers and is a bit more shaped, but on others Im not too sure. Perhaps I just need some time to warm up to the look.

Now Im NOT gonna take apart the dress, but I was thinking of adding another row (perhaps two) of gathers about an inch apart to create a shirring effect along the bottom. Just shape it up a bit.

Thanks all!