I'm just doing the bodice, since the skirt is a simple straight skirt, and I'll just tissue fit that. I am pleasantly surprised at how good the fit is out of the envelope.
I did let out the back darts just a smidge, based on my tissue fit on my dress form, who is slightly bigger than me.
I think it looks pretty good in the pictures, so I think I'll keep it this way, but I'll be trying it on a lot as I go.
I did manage to get all of the other things I need to make the dress at the MLK sale at Hancock. I decided on a dark brown dull satin for the hip sash and coordinating dark brown lining and buttons. I also got the shoulder pads, which I needed for the tissue fitting. They make me feel like a linebacker.
Here is how it looks without them. Yeah, I'm thinking I'll get used to them.
Conveniently enough, the copy of Connie Long's Easy Guide to Sewing Linings that I ordered last week arrived yesterday. I'm planning on using her "quick lining" method to line this dress. My wool fashion fabric is beautiful, but it sure is itchy!
ETA (1/19 @8:10AM) So after staring at these pictures this morning, it occurred to me that maybe those drag lines weren't pointing to the bust, but actually were pointing to the shoulder! I noticed that although I don't like the shape of the bodice without the shoulder pads, the fit is actually better. So, I let out the shoulder seam a bit.
Look! I think I fixed it! Thoughts?