Overall, this is a very simple dress: no buttons, no zippers, nada. I used a lawn cotton from Joanns, and while the drape is lovely, it is also a little see-through for a dress-- so to make things easy (haha) I decided to do a full lining on the dress. Which, like any good sewing project, turned out to be more complicated than I anticipated. Using the directions from the expansion pack, view C, I hemmed and hawed and hacked my way through the full lining. And the results are decent, and the parts that are not so decent are at least hidden.
There is always a fear with an empire waist that it looks too maternity-ish, but I think the belt really helps decrease any mid-section poofing. Overall, it's a great dress, one that can be worn casually or dressed up a little, and I'm glad it's part of my summer wardrobe!