Here's the pattern photo, front and back. Why are there only a couple of reviews of this dress on Pattern Review I wonder?
This dress needs to be fitted so it falls smoothly without being tight. So, even though a fit and flare dress might seem pretty fool-proof, I made a half-muslin of the bodice, down to the hip area, cutting a straight size 10.
But the most obvious problem is that the CF is not hanging properly. Below the waist, it's opening up all by itself. This isn't, by the way, because the hips are too tight. The CF is too long above the waist.
It's less obvious from the picture, but the side seams were also too extremely curved in at the waist, even though (again) the total circumference of the dress fits ok.
I also sewed a less extreme curve at side seams which relaxes the fit overall.
I have a question for you experts out there. Once I take a wedge out of CF, the front edge is no longer on the straight grain. My hunch is that this is irrelevant. I've adjusted the facing pieces accordingly, and I will stabilize the CF edge with fusible tape to make sure it doesn't stretch. But if anyone out there has had a bad experience with this adjustment, please pipe up in the comments!
I'll fix the CB length problem by taking a wedge out of the CB panel, 1cm at the widest and tapering to nothing at the princess seam.
And what is going on at my back neck? Dowager's hump??? I may have to take a little dart there.
I like the finished length of the sleeves as is, so will add a bit of length there.