I bought this dress at Sears about 4 years ago. It had a belt around the waist and little belt/buckle things on the rolled sleeves. The sleeve things reminded me waaaay too much of the horrid '80s, but I still wore the dress that way for a couple years.
As I have gotten more confident in my sewing, and some of the dress seams needed some repairs, I thought I'd cut off the sleeve belt things, shorten the rolled sleeves, and convert the waist belt to ruffles on my sleeves. It's a little hard to see details in the picture, but I definitely like the whole thing better.
I've wanted to make a gored skirt for a while now. Cotton skirts were out of fashion while I was growing up, it was all rayon and other smooth, slippery fabrics. I've seen many, many cute cotton skirts around the last several years and have wanted one. I have so much fabric, I thought I'd try making one. I didn't want to go buy a pattern, so I found this sew-along.