Changes I made:
Used strips of fabric to create binding for neckline and arm holes.
Cut off 6 inches in length (way to long for me, 5'5")
I cut a size 8, but tapered the upper to waist area to a size 6.
My hem was turned twice then sewed at the bottom.
Overall, I think the dress would be more functional for me if I had made it in the shorter version, but I've never owned a maxi dress, and this is a complete novelty for me! It has nice flow, and I can eat a big meal in it without showing that I did (hahaha). The only thing I need to remember is to take smaller, much smaller, steps than I ordinarily do, because there is a confining sense to the stride.
Pattern review for McCalls M6559