Anyway, the dress - the pattern is McCalls 6141, most clearly a costume pattern, but with reasonable construction. The bodice and sleeves are lined. I thought about lining the skirt but that is A LOT of skirt and I was afraid it would get hot. The sleeve lining is actually both lining and stay for the big upper puffs. The most interesting part of the constructions was the modesty panel. I was expecting to do some crazy clipping and curve matching, but instead you leave the bodice and lining unsewn over that section of the neckline, press under the allowance and topstitch the panel in. I've seen this done with curved yokes on vintage patterns, and it works great, particularly when, like with this pattern, you are adding trim on top.
Here it is on me. The only alterations I made were the FBA and adding 1 1/2 inches to the hemline at CF to go over the belly. Otherwise is was a surprisingly good fit. I sewed the size small, which the pattern claims corresponds to an 8-10. I generally sew a 10, so as long as you are looking at the larger size of the range, it is reasonably sized. As I mentioned, there is A LOT of skirt, so there was plenty of room for the belly in there without any width adjustment.
Here is the bodice and sleeve a little closer up. I love the trim at the bottom of the sleeve puff, but I think the satin doesn't have quite the body to keep it from collapsing and hiding the pretty trim. I'm wondering if a little sleeve head to hold up the puff would help here. It's too late now for me, but should you find yourself in need of a maternity costume, you'll know... The ribbons on the sleeve represent the only hand sewing I found necessary for this dress. The pattern instructs you to slipstitch down the bodice lining, but I really didn't see the point, since the trim is topstitched over that seam. I just let the stitching for the trim do that work for me.
Here is my problem. I need shoes! As you can see, I hemmed it for a reasonable (2-3 inch) heel, as that is what I always wear. Anyone have any bright ideas for shoe styles? And color??? Should I even try to match that purple, or would gold be fun? Mitch suggested black, but I don't think that will do at all. I often see boots on the ladies at the Faire... What do you think?