I thought the pattern looked perfect and I would just shorten the length. My only concern was that I wouldn't be able to wear a bra and I would want the top to be a little thicker. So I lined the top and wore a stick on bra (in case you were wondering).
I made the dress according to the pattern and the full skirt with pockets didn't work out. It just was too full for me so I removed it and re-cut the skirt from another pattern. I'm much happier with the straight skirt look! I wore this to my friends wedding, but I think I will wear it more this summer in a more casual way with flat sandals.
Here's a similar dress from BCBGeneration