@Tannie. Thank you. Pics I posted are of the sample dress. Once I figure out how to fix the fit issue, I plan to make dress on a different cloth but not jersey though. I'm still a little scared to sew stretchy fabrics.
@Jane Riebe. I agree. The top looks cute in the picture but it doesn't seem to translate in the actual dress (although this could because I'm still new to this). Pics I posted are of a sample dress I made. I was afraid to use my final cloth on my first try. I do plan to use invisible on the final dress once I've tested the alterations on the sample dress. Hope to post final dress when I've finished it :D
RT, don't be so hard on yourself. It's admirable that you selected a pattern like this for your first dress. I think part of what you may not like about the dress is the top. I've seen this dress made by others, and I personally don't understand why the top is designed the way it is. It is not flattering. I would recommend putting in an invisible zipper. They're amazingly easy to do. Give another dress a try.
I think the fabric you used is too hard or too stiff. If you want to make the dress again, I advise you to use jersey. This fabric is smooth and does not stand out.
To make the dress a little tighter, you would first have to thread and fit all the seams within the lines.
All in all very nice that this is your first dress.