I just love this pattern. I made it again in a vintage Peter Pan fabric I got from an estate sale for $2. Next time I make it, and there will be a next time, I want to try attaching a different skirt so I can button it down the whole front. Although, I do actually have a pattern like that I haven't tried yet so maybe that will be my next attempt..... after I finish the three dresses I have cut and in various forms of completion. Oy.
I didn't do anything to alter the pattern except add about an inch to the bodice length. The buttons are vintage I got for $0.15 at an antique shop. The white collar is an old tablecloth scrap and the cuffs are white bias quilt binding from Joann Fabrics. I didn't make a belt again. I usually wear my own belts. I think the dress isn't novelty enough to for a self belt so IMHO it would just make the dress look dated instead of vintage-y.
I just bring myself to fix the armpit of the McCalls either. Maybe tonight I'll work on it and post pics.