First, the cons:
- The waist seam ended up a few inches higher than it should have been. In the photos, my belt is sitting exactly on top of it. A slightly dropped waist would have offered a bit of lengthening to my torso and been a little more flattering.
- The seams are very visible. I should have risked a bit of aggressive washing first to full it a bit more to help conceal the seams.
- The shoulder seams ended up about 1/2" to the front which isn't awful, but does make my chest look like it's weighing the front of the dress down. I knew it was doing that when I did the pattern, but I overlooked it because I wanted to get the dress done and I didn't want to risk losing the fit everywhere else if I tried to correct it.
- The shoulders and arm holes are not identical and are off- the arm holes are just a hair too small, and there's a bit of pulling toward my left shoulder.
- My hand sewing is on the sloppy side at the neckline. I've got some rippling that I wouldn't have gotten if I'd paid more attention.
- The length is perfect. It just skims the floor, and the weight of the skirt feel "right" when I walk. Though it could be fuller with two more panels, it's actually full enough.
- The flat front on the bodice did amazing things to my curves (though I'm not happy with how my breasts look on the front-on view- I think my bra is to blame.) It flattered my left-over baby belly.
- It's a very nice weight in general. Because there's no sleeves, I didn't have temperature issues. I don't think it will work for summer events, but it's good for spring and fall.
- It's a new style for me! I would classify the overall look as late 15th century. It's extremely utilitarian. It works well on its own, but I can also see how it would do wonders under a lightweight houppelande.
However, undergarments aside, I think I've got a much better grasp of how a flat-front, waist seam kirtle can work as the outer dress of my garb quest. The difference will primarily be that my kirtle will not require the fitting that this gray dress does, and because of that, I'll have a great deal of opportunity to fix the areas that need adjustment.
So, onto the next thing. The hose, I think. I really must not be afraid of the hose.
EDIT: Right after I posted this, I saw a new post on Princess of Bob that showed her new waist seam kirtle. I have to say, she did a really good job. It's making me wonder if a front lacing on my garb quest kirtle might not be the better thing to do.