I'm sure those who believe in muslins are wondering if I had made a muslin wouldn't that have resolved my fit issues. However, what bothers me most about this dress is the thinness of the rayon/lycra fabric. And it's not even that it isn't a great piece of fabric...because it is...it's the fact that I don't do such thin rayon knits on my bodacious body. In a slightly heavier knit, I would have lived without the minor changes that I will now make to the pattern.
The second thing that I'm not sure I emphasized enough is that I really do like this pattern and have already thought up three new versions of this dress. I will most likely line the entire dress in the tricot knit, just because I like a lined dress better than an unlined one.
Length - I am firmly in the camp of dresses that end just slightly below my knees are most attractive and comfortable on me. So I will definitely add to the hemline of the dress. And I have one or two pieces that have a serged hem but it is not my hem of choice. I would much rather have a finished, well-pressed hem.
Finally, from working with this pattern I can already "see" the next two versions. This is a good thing because then I have a roadmap or a plan to work from...I have a thin ponte knit in my fabric collection that will provide the coverage I want, yet give me the drape I need. I also have a printed rayon knit that I purchased this year on the great fabric shopping trip (Do you recognize it Shams & Peggy?) that will work well for this too...so definitely look for the next renditions of this dress because it's sort of gotten into my blood...
...as always, more later!