My original plan for this fabric was to attach a circle skirt to the bodice pieces of Butterick 6413.
Unfortunately, I just could not make the circle skirt fit on my yardage without cutting one of the skirt pieces upside-down, which I really did not want to do. This print is directional and I know I would regret cutting one of the skirt sections wrong side up. I cut the back skirt pieces, taking a slight wedge out of the circle to narrow the piece. This means that the center back is no longer cut on grain, but I would rather have that issue than have the print upside down!
With the "scraps" leftover from cutting the skirt, I was easy to cut all of the bodice pieces. I was even able to do a pretty good job matching the roses.
To stabilize the neckline I used rayon seam binding.
For the lining, I had just enough fabric to cut a duplicate bodice out of my fabric. I did not have enough blue bemberg on hand, and there was really not enough of the rose print for another project, so I went with the roses.
I deviated from the given instructions slightly because I do not like to have both the fashion fabric and lining stitched together before inserting a zipper. That application has always seemed sloppy to me - if I am using a lining, why not enclose everything? And I certainly don't mind the hand sewing.
Perhaps I should have used a lighter weight fabric for the lining, because when it came time to gather the upper bodice, gathering everything down to two inches was challenging.
I attempted to bend the fabric to my will with the help of a zig-zag stitch.
But my machine had other plans. I can count on one hand the number of times a needle has broken on me, and each time it scares me half to death. The sound my machine made was horrible, which does not help.
Everything turned out okay for the dress and the machine, in the end. I did have to use a thimble and a very thick needle to get everything gathered, but I won the battle.
There is still a bunch of finishing work to be done, including the dreaded evening out of the skirt hem, but this is definitely beginning to look like a dress!
[Disclosure: Contrado provided me with this fabric, but the opinions posted here are my own.]