I really need to start paying more attention to finished garment size, rather than the sizing on the back of the envelope, as Butterick and I have rather different ideas about reasonable amounts of ease.
a straight size 14 - no alterations.
Anyhow, to lop this sucker down to a more sensible size, I pinched out an inch on either side, shortened the strap in the back (and smoothed out the neckline after), and cut the back of the armseye a bit deeper (this last isn't shown in any of the pictures above - last minute alterations...) However, other than that, it was a really good fit. I didn't have to move the darts or make any other major alterations.
|Scribbled on parts were removed. The fold on the piece 2 got rid of the droop over my shoulders.|
now with alterations! and a skirt! and two crinolines!
I think I'd need three crinolines to pull off the level of pouf the pattern models have going on. Not sure I really want to travel with that much fluff... so we shall see.