Simplicity 1880, which is a Project Runway pattern with an impressive number of options. The skirt is the same flared 4 gore skirt, but there are 2 bodice options (wrap and shirtwaist) and 3 different sleeves that can be interchanged for different looks.
original muslin was insanely poofy in the back. While I appreciate that the designers wanted to echo the shape of the front with the pleats and gathers, it was just more volume than I liked. To fix it, I narrowed the back pattern piece by 3/8 inch, eliminating one of the pleats and decreasing the gathers significantly. I also shortened the back about 5/8 inch. I think the result is still in keeping with the general feel of the dress, but I like the shape much better for me.
Queen of the Flies posted her method on her blog and it was a snap! You can see how much I lengthened the skirt in this pic. I cut the lining to the original pattern length and just serged it.
Sunni for hosting and for all of the wonderful help along the way. I would totally have skipped out on this pattern otherwise, and I really love it! I also met a bunch of great new bloggers to add to my feed. Love that!