I found that it's almost liberating to not have to follow a pattern exactly. Obviously, this is a simple dress, with no zippers or sleeves, but I didn't even consult the photograph in the book the second time around. It was nice, because it made me feel a little bit fancy.
I wore the dress out to a party last night and no one asked if I made it, which is often the case when I wear something I've made (or, as with a shirt-dress I bought recently, haven't made -- which is flattering, really). I'm not sure how to interpret that, but it doesn't matter! I really like my new ruffle-fronted dress, and I rarely say that about something I've made.
Incidentally, there was a Style section cover story on linen in this weekend's Globe & Mail.