This is what I learned making this dress:
1. Bite the bullet and make the paper pattern alterations you think you'll need to make (extra inch at high chest, tiny dart to pull in shoulder line)
2. Don't pose in a white dress muslin right in front of the TV lest your dress turn neon blue!
3. Just because a B34 in a vintage 1960s Simplicity was a bit tight in the chest, a B36 in a vintage 1970s Butterick may not be exactly the right size in the bust
The back doesn't look too bad, though!
This pattern is Butterick 3478- I don't like the poufy sleeves on the pattern, but the curved empire seam looked very interesting.
Here are some more views....
This is the "did I actually press the shutter button? Is it going off?" face ;)
This view gives me hope that the excessive ease in the bodice could be taken out by pinching a dart out at the side seam - it doesn't look too bad here.
I do like the curved empire seam and the full skirt, but today I got a new pattern in the mail that I've been stalking for a while, waiting for my size to appear. It finally did, and I grabbed it! This is either going to be epic-ly AWESOME or look like a sack of potatoes! It takes 9 yards of fabric. Gulp.