The scale of the print was larger than I realized, so I had to choose a different orientation for the bodice. The skirt is cut with the fabric in the opposite direction as my original plan. I still have some hemming to do.
All changes are otherwise noted on my swedish paper traced pattern, for my next "perfect" post-muslin version. But with a fitted bodice, I do take the idea of a repeatable perfect fit, from perfectly adjusted pattern pieces, with some salt. My body is changeable and size/shape rarely is the same for long periods of time, (or even in the same month) so it can be hard to use a pattern consistently. I tend to make a lot of fixes during the sewing, not at the point of tracing/cutting.
I traced size 12 at the shoulders, to 14 at the waist. I added a small FBA to the front pieces, also using 5/8 seam at top and bottom of princess seams, 1/2 in the middle where it appeared to need extra shaping. I changed the angle of the shoulder seam for the front bodice, but it looks like the back needs it too.
To make this a more "everyday" sort of dress, I need raise neckline... it's very low, more low than I'm typically comfortable with, but maybe once I get a nice Ondee made, it won't matter so much for this one. :) Also, WHOA! That is a freaking crazy print. It's too much. A solid top will help me feel like less of a spectacle.
The shoulder angles might improve with a larger FBA. I will try that with the next dress, while raising the neckline... Other changes I will make include NOT using a huge puffy gathered skirt. It's not for me. I put in pockets, but it still feels like a puff monster. I will find a nice multi-panel skirt like the Anna, or use (less) pleats instead of gathers.
I'm tugging down the waistline in the first pic, wearing a new Ondee coverup in the second.