I was so excited when this pattern came out and bought it immediately. For my fabric I used Amy Butler's Lark Souvenir in Persimmon. Nothing could go wrong, right? Beautiful dress pattern, beautiful fabric, I was ready!
As always, I first made a muslin as is with no changes. It was lovely. The upper waistband hit about mid bust. The arms gaped in all sorts of lovely directions. The entire bodice was about 3 inches too short. And I had no idea how to fix it. In the instructions, Kay (the designer), mentions that you may have to do a full bust adjustment (FBA) and to just Google it. I've never done this. So I follow her directions and looked it up and found loads of tutorials for patterns that have darts. This dress doesn't have darts. Wonderful. I was on a roll at this point. I eventually found a very well done tutorial at Lazy Stitching.
I ended up adding two inches in the FBA and another inch in length. My new pattern piece looked nothing like the original. Here is the original pattern placed on top of the new one...(am I really that big??? I can't believe I am posting this for the world to see.)