I Am Magical Dress

i am still not entirely sure about the mock-up of this "i am magical" dress. 
is it magical as in: i am in a circus...yay?!  or magical as in: i ate magic mushrooms and this is what i choose to wear today to prove it?!  or magical as in: life's too short to care what others think and i need to be colorful/magical sometimes....(ok, lots of the time!)?!
it is a VERY different look from the one shown in the book...

this is the book the pattern came from and yep,
that is the "i am magical" dress on the front.
and i love the version they show.

and another view.
my version is REALLY different, right.
I know.

the pattern had obvious measurement flaws right off the bat.
so i corrected those and decided to use an old indian bedspread fabric for the body and some odd crocheted/knit(?) pieces for the bodice front and the arms.
use what you have, i figured.
especially for the first go round.
and especially if you are feelin the magic...
i had some orange butcher paper so i used it to make the pattern.
my friend uses old wallpaper to trace out her patterns and if i come across some that is wide enough and isn't too brittle, i will too.
this is the back of the dress pattern piece
here is the dress/tunic without chest and arm pieces.
i rather like it just so.
in the construction of this, i found a few more flaws, or at least instructions that didn't account for the very "finished" way i like my garments to be.  a once turned hem just won't do...nor will a once turned neckline...
i guess i was just anxious to find a use for these odd crocheted/knit(?) pieces...and so here they are.
i guess i need to come to terms with this just being a mock-up and nothing more. 
it is what it is.
yes, i've tried it on.
and it is kinda cute.
maybe its all the colors that throw me off.
i feel kinda clownish...
or magical....
is it bad or is it ok?
be honest.
i can't decide.
usually that means: not so much.  not so good.

i will forge ahead and try again. i made several notes on the pattern pieces so that i can make it better next time. 
i do like the cut and "style" of it so i am going to try making it totally opposite of the first attempt in some very opposite colorway and material. and make it as a dress, not a tunic.  gotta remember to cut it much longer next time...

here's to being magical, in all its shapes and forms,