view A and view D), and I wanted to take another crack at it because I felt I never got the fit quite right. My first version was too big, and the second a little too snug at the bust. I wear those dresses all the time, and it seemed worth it to invest in getting the fit right on a new version.
I went back to my sloper, although in a roundabout way. I had a princess-seam bodice I liked the fit of from my Elisalex dress, and on my last version of the Emery dress, I had finally perfected the back bodice piece. Both of those I had made using my sloper as a starting point. So I used those pattern pieces, adjusting the neckline to match New Look 6587, and adding width to the bodice to make it a buttondown.
Normally I would have done a muslin first, with all that cobbling together of different patterns and adjustments on top of that to match the style lines, but I was out of muslin, and feeling like it had been awhile since I lived life on the edge. So I plunged forward, and went straight from pattern adjustments to the finished garment. It worked like a dream! I should fly by the seat of my pants more often.
The only thing that could make this dress more perfect is if it had pockets. Alas, I am determined to sew from my stash more this year, and I just couldn't squeeze out pockets from the yardage I had. In the end, I even had to seam together 2 pieces for my skirt facing to get it all to work. It was so worth it though. This dress is just lovely, inside and out!