I have found an invaluable resource in the sewers at Pattern Review. With the help, acumen, and studious nature of the ladies and gentlemen on that site, I truly believe that every single pattern available in the world has been tested and reviewed. I'm sure of it. This is actually the site where I found the pattern for this dress and was encouraged to give it a try.
Not only was my Second Dress on their "Top Ten of 2009" list, but from the reviews I've found I am able to edit out certain less-than-exciting parts of the Second Dress pattern. Here's what I've learned thus far:
1) I probably don't need to do any interfacing (as this pattern calls for) if I pick a knit that's heavy enough. Beautiful.
2) I don't really need to do a zipper if I use jersey for the whole thing. Sweet.
I'm pretty sure this site is like a beautiful Magic 8-Ball, but instead of telling you to "Ask Again Later" it tells you "You Know All Those Things You Were Dreading About this Pattern? Fuggedaboutit."