Upper left is the dress a fine corduroy from a Simplicity pattern. Their instructions were pathetic and they never once said press open seams. My skills were like me rusty and I had to look up how to insert a zipper. Finally one of those old Singer books had the easy way but not before I had sewed and trimmed the pink facing. As someone on Pattern Review (PR) put it "next time my way" and cover the edges with the facing. The armholes were faced with bias tape. I think next time turn under. The hem facing was my idea.
So tomorrow it is off to England and if it fits I will happily make more with some cute embellishments.