I made the following adjustments to the pattern:
1) I shortened the shirt by 2 inches.
2) I lined the bodice of the dress only.
3) I extended the buttons in the back to the bottom of the dress,
The pleats on this dress alone took me an hour. In all, there are a total of 21 pleats!
The remainder of the dress was constructed as per the pattern instructions. I must say, I admired the 6 pieces that constructed the skirt, I might actually use it again for a nice flared skirt instead of the traditional circle skirt.