I am pleased with the dress.
But I am not pleased with the two of them together. Take a look.
The sweater over a white shirt looks great. The sweater over the collar-less dress - not so much. I had wanted a cover up for several reasons - but - time to abandon those reasons and adopt 'Plan B'. Wear the dress without a cover up.
Wearing a different, 'no-show' bra means I don't need the cover up for modesty reasons.
The wedding, being on a swamp boat, not in a Church, means I don't need the cover up for Church reasons. Apparently, the boat is covered, so I don't need the cover up for sun protection. Decision made. Save the cardi for another time.
The dress, sewn to the size indicated by my measurements, was quite large through the waist. I took it in several inches. Now, I've discovered that it slips off the shoulders a bit too often for easy wearing. Obviously, it is a bit too big there as well. Cleverly, I think, I have devised a little bit of trim - three narrow strips to be sewn into the back edges and braided in the centre.
With the strips pinned in place, I wore the dress on an around-the-house, test-run this morning. The closure worked just fine.
Fred cautioned me against buying 'high heels' for the wedding. Rough water and a rocky boat were his thoughts! However -how often does a girl get to be Aunt Of The Bride on a swamp boat in Louisiana? Not often enough, I tell you. So high heels it is and - GREEN!! ones at that.