Thank you all so much for your feedback on Vogue 1257. The general consensus was to shorten or remove the sleeves and/or shorten the hem. I couldn't believe that it hadn't even occurred to me to do that, clearly I'm not very imaginative at the moment.
Sorry - it's raining and this is the best the kids could manage.
As you can see I chose to shorten the sleeves - I've lopped off 34cm and then used a 1 inch hem. I forgot to mention in my previous post that I hadn't hemmed the dress at all so the skirt now has a 1.5 inch hem. It's definitely an improvement. I wore it to work today and it was comfy, but it doesn't rock my world. I've also decided that this is a dress for someone with a bigger bust than me - I really don't fill out all those pleats up top!
Tomorrow is ANZAC Day so I'm planning a day of sewing and football. Go Bombers!