As you can see, I had a bit of fabric mismatch on the waistline, but I managed in most other places to keep it matched. Thank goodness for belts.
Overall, I'm very happy with the way to dress turned out! It is much better than my first one, a wearable muslin, a little too fitted out of my comfort zone. Not so for this one! For reference, the pattern goes up to size 14, but it is a generous 14 (44 bust, 37 waist, 46 hips) , and it is relatively simple to grade up if necessary. Adjustments such as FBA and shoulder fixes are nicely detailed in the instructions.
I managed to solve the problems from my previous version by adding a swayback adjustment (2 inches!) and choosing the "A - line" skirt variation from the sewalong posted online. (The regular skirt did fit, but was more tight than I prefer.) I also added the cute little sleeve (link to pattern piece in this post).
Squinty but pleased.
Fabric: Vlisco wax print
Cut & Size: size 12 bodice with 1.5 inch FBA, graded to 14 hips.
"A Line" skirt variation + 5 inches length, swayback adjustment (2 inches graded out along back bodice). Cute little sleeve. I ignored the button placement direction and used the fabric print as a guide, buttons on top bodice only, sewn down bottom skirt. (Dress is pullover) Snaps and hooks on bodice... maybe still be changed depending on performance!
I've only had one flasher incident when trying to put on a stiff jacket. Otherwise the hooks, snaps and buttons perform well. Also, while giving the dog a bath, I discovered the perfect skirt length to remain unsewn from the bottom up (sewn as an open kick pleat). I had to hover down over him in the tub and the stitches ripped up about 10 inches. I will be adding a diagonal stitch to make the imitation pleat. It actually looks intentional and stylish, all thanks to a troublesome dirty dog.
(If it seems that most of my recent garments are made of funky wax prints, it is because that is true. Vlisco had a "buy three get one free deal" where I calculated the total cost + shipping, from euros to dollars to equal about $12 a yard of gorgeous wax print cotton fabric. That is not such a bad deal and now I have tons of fabric to work with!)