My son asked me, "Where in the world are you going to wear this?" as if I had just appeared in a silk gown. I guess he doesn't see me in dresses very often.
I very rarely wear belts or waist ties. Here I widened the thin waist ties to about 2 inches wide. If I'm going to have something around my waist, something substantial is more comfortable than a string.
The pattern is pattern "i" from Machiko Kayaki's Sewing Talk. ISBN 4579110528. The paisley-ish pink and cream lawn is from S.R. Harris, a local shop.
The pattern calls for facings, but after much musing (and a shopping trip for white batiste) I went for full lining on the bodice and interlining on the skirt and am very glad I did. The lawn is just a little sheer and the weight of the batiste lining gives the skirt enough body so it doesn't fly around.
For finishing, I did a combination of French seams, bias bound seams, and a combination interlining/faux Hong Kong finish.
I won't detail the nifty technique here but the Slapdash Sewist did a mini photo tutorial for the combination interlining/faux Hong Kong finish.