The thing that I found most difficult about the lack of pattern markings was that there were no grain lines to help you when pinning and cutting out the fabric. It has just dawned on me that I should have just drawn my own lines on the pattern pieces - ah well, I will for next time! As this pattern was pre-cut, I measured myself to compare against the measurements given - although the bust was fine, I needed to add an extra two inches to the waist and hips, thankfully there were detailed instructions on how to do this in the pattern. This meant that I added a 1/4 inch to each of the bodice and skirt pieces by cutting into the bodice piece and expanding as needed to add the 2 inch waist increase. To add the two inches for the hips, I pinned an additional paper piece to the skirt, adding a 1/4 again. I wasn't too sure about whether these adjustments would work - but they did and although I did a bit of alteration around the back of the bodice - thankfully it was a process of too much fabric rather than not enough. Here is a picture of the other ways it suggests making alterations:
I made a bit of a mistake with the zip - getting an invisible zip - not realising that you need a special 'invisible zip foot' to sew it in. Therefore, I used the zip but did a normal insertion - thankfully my thread matched my dress material perfectly, so it doesn't really show up. But I shall know for next time!
I added some button decoration to the belt - but it had it closing by press studs - maybe next time I will tackle button holes.
April is going to be a knitting month - I'm hoping that with the Easter Weekend and the fact I may have already started that I shall finish by the end of April!