So, at long last I have ‘documented’ this dress. More recently I made the deer hunting dress with the same pattern, and for a more detailed explanation of my experiences with Butterick 5605 go here and then here.
The bumps on the hips are the pocket openings. They work better on the fuller version of the dress, but in order to sew them up I would have to take apart the dress. So for now they are going to stay. I like pockets, and also I like the little peek of polka dot lining.
The best thing of all is that I can get away with wearing it to work with boots and tights and a cardigan. And it may currently be my favourite work dress, though it has a fair amount of competition. This afternoon I am going to put my bout of Extreme Productivity to use in making my “chips dress”. And go to a clothes swap in the hope that I might find something warm to wear.