The dress is size 44 which I think is a size 16 roughly. I sewed the sleeves thinner (by 3 inches each inner sleeve) but left the dress boxy. I then ironed out the ruffle and cut/sewed 2 x side sash to draw the waist in, attached with an overstitch and straight stitch and ironed on the fold. I added the sash' at the sides as I didn't want the cotton to bunch in front. Also made a hairband from the ruffle! Cut, sew inside out, turn right side around, iron flat with the hem in the centre (which will be hidden). Tie underneath your hair. I look awesome in this colour!
Now the 80s drop waist is a short dress (above knee). I love the pockets, the dress is lined, and it has a zip in the back. Nice quality. I could also wear it with a brown belt but the sash gives enough fit. A bit too cold to wear it out yet... I wore a knit dress in Oxford with buttons in a 60s style. I have another use for these buttons though!