I've always thought this dress burgundy, though it looks brown, purple, or burgundy depending on the scene.
I used the Sensibility.com Elegant Ladies Closet pattern -- drawstring view -- for this, but with a few changes. The skirt front is flat with a couple deep pleats -- I used the full width of the fabric -- and a self belt that goes only a partial way to the side seam. I made elbow length sleeves as opposed to the long sleeves.
I found this pretty fabric at Joann Fabrics and snatched up the last on the bolt.
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