So, I can't tell you how glad I am I did a test version of this dress, as I wrote about in this post. I'm having some serious bodice fitting issues.
Essentially, the bodice is just too long. See how it rumples in the photo above? I need to take about a one and a half inch tuck above the waistline, and then the fit will be perfect. Here I have the tuck pinned out:
It's very fitted at the waist, as you can see. I think if I were making a casual version of this (which I definitely will, since I love this shape), I would add about one more inch of ease to the waistline for everyday comfort. But since the red satin version I have planned will be a special occasion dress, I'm going to go for the fitted look.
Once I get the fit down, I can see myself making several versions of this. It's the perfect work dress, either with a cardigan or as a jumper.
I made the belt on my own, using 1-inch belting and a little rhinestone buckle ($1.99 at Pacific Trim!) I think it looks all right. Just wait, though, until you see my custom-made red satin belt. It is to die for!
So, what do you think? Any fitting issues I'm missing?