Thanks for the feedback about the fullness of my skirt. I feel a lot better about using that one now, but I got bored and made up some design sketches just to see if I liked anything better.
1. The original dress. It's clean and elegant and I like being faithful to the original. But I think it looks a bit bath-robe-ish, which makes me hesitate.
2. The double layer Butterick skirt. I've made this one before so I know it looks good on me and is easy to make, but I'm not crazy about the way it looks with the kimono bodice. They don't seem to fit together just right.
3. This skirt is inspired by an antique 1910's pattern that I bought today. It's one of those transitional styles, and the back looks very much like the original skirt, but I thought the center panel with some tabs would give it a nice tailored look. I think this one is my favorite at the moment.
4. Straight skirt with a border, inspired by that photo I liked. I like it, but I'm not sure I love it. I could also change the color of the borders, but I'm still having a hard time picking a color. I found a blue-gray that was pretty, but it didn't seem like the most "period" choice, if you know what I mean.
Anybody want to offer a vote? I'm going to think obsess about it for a week and then start cutting.