Please note: I forgot to button the second button on the Alice Elizabeth dress when putting it on for the photo.
The Pat Perkins dress is a little short in the waist for me. otherwise the fit is very good. There is a 2″ style ease at the waistlisne which makes putting on the dress very easy. I wore the dress all morning and found the side zipper did not bother me at all. Going forward, I will use a lapped zipper in he side seam for my next 1950s style dress. I think I made too much work for myself going with snaps from waist to knee.
The side seam zipper lies flat. It does not affect the hip line or bodice side seam. I think this is because the fabric is a lightweight cotton. This was an amazing purchase, The dress is in such good condition. I feel so fortunate to have it both to wear and use as a study piece for learning more about vintage garment construction.