This was one of the first dresses I made and you can tell! How about those gathers, cringe. I made the mistake of unpicking the original bad gathering I started that had started to come undone and redid the using the magical dental floss technique. I love this technique, no broken bobbin threads, but when I took out the floss at the end I also unpicked the zig zag stitch that I did over the top. Silly, so now the gathers aren't even but that's ok, I never really wore this and never will, it was a good learning curve. Also the skirt needs to be fuller I think, and this cheap dotty cotton doesn't work so well with the style. I love the big red buttons, but I think they help in making the whole dress look a bit too young for me, it would look cute on a little girl.
It's funny, when I started sewing everything looked extremely homemade and I didn't care, I was proud that everyone knew that I had obviously made it. Now though, the more I sew and gain more experience, I'm starting to notice how clumsy some of my old stuff looks, but I just can't bring myself to go back to these projects that sucked up so much of my time and enegry to fix such obvious mistakes. I guess I just have to make better quality clothes from now on!