(Me and my photographer)
I can also see making this up shorter in a knit to wear over jeans or with a longer, not so full skirt (this is a full circle). I recently read that one's hemline or pant line should not end at the widest part of one's leg. You can't tell from the photo but one version of the pattern has a ruffled slip that hangs below the hemline that is also adorable in an early 1980's sort of way.
The sewing pattern was .99 and the fabric was $1 a yard, with a complete dress cost of about $4!