However when I saw the pattern on the Burdastyle blog, my mind started digging through my fabric stash with a single-minded purpose.
I had more of this fabric left than I initially thought - Its a gloriously tacky synthetic (chiffon?), with lots of drape that I got from Darn Cheap Fabrics, because - well it was darn cheap.
With some short torso adjustments, adding some lining to the bodice and skirt back, and chopping 30cm off the hem - She emerged in all her floral avian glory.
The inside looks a bit funky, as I didn't line the front dress panels - I thought the drape would distort a bit and the pattern is soooo busy, it doesn't matter seeing the wrong side of the fabric.
I think this will be a good dress from the holidays!