I've already done a few for my Etsy store, PrettyPrettyCindy. (The paisley dress is still available in size 4).
This time I was ready for another variation (or two).
First of all, the base fabric is a (lean in close 'cause I'm whispering) a . . . tablecloth. It is new, but I just loved the fabric and couldn't resist! As much as I liked the fabric, it needed some serious contrast, so I chose the pink and brown/pink paisley fabrics. Next, I changed the neckline to make a more wrap-like look. I did use a trick from Wendi's book to have the bias tape (the brown paisley fabric) show around the neckline. Because I kept the bias fabric thin, it almost looks like cording.
When I separated the bodice from the skirt, that left a "waist" that I really did not want to see in the main fabric because I like the illusion of a single straight A-line dress. Solution? Create a "sash" at the waistline that ties in the back. That wasn't too hard to do using another piece of another dress pattern.
I still needed more contrast at the bottom and after adding the first strip, wanted more length so another strip was added. I wanted one more "touch" to make the dress different and special. I've been making yo-yos (those little flower thingies) for a while, but haven't had much use for them yet. You can see how to make yo-yos here. I layered two sizes of yo-yos and added a few seed pearls.
It may seem a little funny to start with one idea and end up with another. That's what I like about Wendi's book. She's not wed to specific design functions which leaves me comfortable with experimenting with different elements. I like the outcome. If you like it too, it's available in my Etsy store in a size 5.