I have finished my version of Gertie's Wiggle dress. I made the muslin and learned how to do two new techniques (underarm gussets and a vent in the back of the skirt). I am also glad I made it because I realized that I needed to cut a size smaller if it was going to look right. Here is the result.
Fabric: 2 1/2 yards from SAS: 10.00
Zipper from SAS: .25
Organza for gussets: 1/4 yard: 2.50
Fusible Interfacing: leftover from another project: 0.00
Pattern: Wiggle Dress from Gertie 's New Book for Better Sewing
The inside seams are sergered, except for the facing, which I applied a bias tape to. I wasn't going to do the facings at all and switch to bias binding, but in the end, I just didn't want to deviate from the pattern. I think I will be sewing this again, so I'll try bias instead of facings on the next version. Bottom line it that I love this dress and would definitely recommend sewing it. It goes together really quickly with not much hand-sewing. There are only four pattern pieces if you don't count the facings.
I am still not convinced I've sewn something I can wear to the office, though. It is a little more "LOOK AT ME!" than I generally go with. Someday I will sew something practical. But not even the next dress because it is another version of this pattern. I am also anxious to try another one of Gertie's patterns from the book. She announced on her blog that she has another book coming out next year. Anyone planning on ordering it? I am!