Here it is when I had removed the brown beaded central panel and tie belt.
I cut quite a big section of the bottom then I decided this wasn't going to work that way so I also removed the section under the bust.
I then made a panel with double thickness of the fabric to make a fitted waist section. I had to cut the bodice up the sides also to make it fit. ( I measured myself first.)
I pinned the section to the upper body
I then spaced the skirt fabric out evenly to make pleats which are all facing the centre, I wanted pleats and not gathers so it would have more structure.
I replaced the belt loops in the new position and added a purple ribbon that I bought for this purpose.
(trying photos outside for a change. Ha!)
One more inside just to be sure
£6.50 from St Lukes Charity shop better than £119 Desigual below I think
Yes it's not the same I know, but the fabric and style is what I was aiming for, plus unless some one has the same original dress and decides to chop it up in exactly the same way as me, mine is a one off. ( Although you are free to copy away if you want!)