The top remains unfinished, but here's what it looks like:
|Front view, with self-fabric belt|
|Front view without belt|
|Back view, inside out|
With fit established, as well as the need to cinch the top in at the waist to avoid the sack look, I made this dress again as a top using some lovely turquoise silk from Tessuti Fabrics. I bought JUST enough for a slightly shorter top, to be tucked into a work skirt. The photos show it's nice and drapey as it should be, but in this case the pleats seemed very slippery so I top stitched them (oh heresy!). And I'm unfortunately short-waisted.