(in fact, this fabric is left over from my first Victorian outfit - picture at the end of the post). Before I get to my review of the pattern and instructions, here's a picture of the finished dress.
The fabric layout is for widths that are not common at modern fabric stores, however additional width will not allow using a lot less fabric as the layout will require at least 2 times the length of the finished dress. I was short fabric and added a contract band at the hem to get the length I wanted. The contrast band is not part of the pattern.
After looking at the picture, I decided that the vertical seams were piped. It's not needed, but it adds a lot IMHO.
I'd add the piping option to the instructions
The main seams of the pattern matched and went together easily. Seam clipping was definitely needed.
For the ruffles around the collar and pockets:
Instructions say this is optional and suggests a 1 3/4 strip of fabric of the 'necessary length'. Assuming 3 times the length will make cute ruffles, then the collar ruffles should be about 18 inches, and the pocket ruffle should be about 12 inches.
I chose to pleat them rather than gather because (Robin has my ruffler foot) I'm lazy and pleating was faster.
I made up the collar, pockets and waist tie in contrasting fabric and I made them up before I started the main part of the dress.
I suggest a minor change to the instructions - to add the collar pieces to the front after step 7. The instructions current have the collar added after most of the dress is together which makes it more difficult to wrangle that neck opening.
The dart placement was good (for a change). I raised the ties over an inch higher than the recommended placement. I'm chubby and short waisted so this wasn't a surprise. I DO think they are sort of low.
There were two small mis-matches in the actual pattern.
First was the pocket placement.
I found a similar problem with the collar.
The length of the collar was a LOT longer than the 'V' in the center front. I made the 'V' in the main body larger and I'm glad I did. When I finished the dress, a smaller opening wouldn't have gone over my head.
Finally, there is no mention of shoulder pads.
This era was renowned for shoulder pads, and I would suggest adding instructions for them (again, as an option).
Here's how I made them:
Each shoulder pad started as a 6 1/2 inch square of dress fabric, with a 6 inch square of poly batting AND a 4 inch square of poly batting. I centered them, and folded them in half diagonally and zig-zagged around the outside. Voila!