I used a Decades of Style pattern which is a modern pattern of a retro style. The instructions and pattern pieces are for today's sewists.
Here is the lovely pattern.
I spent a great deal of time thinking about this pattern. My body shape is a somewhere between an "apple" and a "brick" according to Trinny and Susanah's 12 body types. I made a muslin and made adjustments for my lack of waist, high back hips (that means my I'm short waisted and I carry that extra flub on hips in the back), and protruding tummy. So I call myself a brick with high hips. Not quite an apple.
I digress. So I planned carefully, making adjustments for all the sizing problems that vex me. I shortened the bodice and added for the tummy and hips.
Again, the pattern.
The dress on Matilda.
I thought the contrast in colors would make the curve at the waist stand out more. The dress looks great on Matilda because she is set at my daughter's small size. Not my medium size.
Now here is the scary part. The dress on me.
Ahhh! Have mercy! You can all turn away now. But before you do, look at the neck line. What happened? You can see the curve is not perfect.
This pattern, although charming, gorgeous and simple, was not meant for me, a brick with high hips. Even if I did fix the neck line knowing the mistake I made, would I feel comfortable in this dress? No. So disappointing after all the time I put into it. Maybe I'll donate it to the school drama department.
Yes, I recommend the pattern as long as you aren't a brick or an apple. And send me a picture if you do make it. I will be happy for you and your long waist.
I think tomorrow I will start a more rigorous exercise routine.