I seriously love this dress. It's like the busty girls version of a shirtdress. I can't wear shirtdresses. I look like a box in them but this gives that whole shirtdress vibe but still has some shape. The construction was so much fun, really, it was. I haven't done a Donna Karan pattern before but let me tell you, all the ones from my pattern stash will be pulled out!
I love it so much that I have version two already laid out to cut! There really isn't much I don't like about it. I guess the only thing would be there is some gapiosis at the neckline when you sit. I did bring up the attached fly about an inch or so because of my short waistedness. I could bring it up another inch maybe for the next version. The hem is great even though I had a doh moment with it. I'm very bad at those cut corners but with the pattern of the fabric and the tie or belt covering them, no one but me would notice. If you do it in a solid you'd need to be very mindful to do them nicely.
I folded my tie in half lengthwise and stitched it so it is half the width. I don't need that super wide thing being short waisted nor did I want a big bow. My next version may not even get a tie because the fabric isn't wide enough but a regular belt works fine too.
I plan to do a regular review tomorrow but wanted to get these up tonight.