|First of all, I am Dutch, so please forgive any mistakes in my English.|
I found this dress not easy to manage. The pattern is not extremely hard nor complicated, but requires a lot of concentrated work. The bodice is completely lined and the lining has to be hand-sewn into the dress. There is a LOT of gathering on the sleeves and skirt, and putting the zipper, bodice with lining, lace on the neckline and gathered skirt nicely together is also quite a task. There are no shortcuts here, without the lining the dress does not look good and will probably tear at the seems after a short while because of the weight of the skirt.
On the bright side: the pattern pieces are certainly uncomplicated and once you grasp the hang of it, not extremely difficult to process. Bear in mind that it is a historical design and the shape of some pattern pieces (like the gigantic sleeves) are unfamiliair in modern eyes. The pattern comes in all sizes into one pattern, petite all the way to extra plus, and is very reasonably priced.
I made some modifications. I did not like the collar on the original pattern so I replaced it with lace. I also had no intention of sewing a million fabric roses to put on the skirt, instead I bought a length of broad ribbon with lace roses on it and used that.
I made the dress in two variaties. If you click on the photo, you will see the other one on the right, it's the dress in a light purple shade.
Be careful to never use a heavy fabric with this pattern. Light cotton or a supple cotton blend will do nicely. For the lining you need a more stiff cotton like twill. A sturdy lining is very neccessary to fit the dress nicely onto your body, it helps support the weight of the dress. This dress is is not supposed to hang off your shoulders, but to cling to your waist. The shoulders of the dress are very wide (which is 100% time period correct) and will sag off your shoulders if the bodice does not fit properly.
On the very bright side: the resulting dress, combined with a crinoline, looks spectacular. My daughter on the photo wears it in a size 10.