Cassidy found a fabric she loved (gee, can you tell we were inspired by the pattern envelope?) but there wasn't enough on the bolt for me to match the plaids. Given the option between choosing something different and dealing with the unmatching plaid, my sister decided to go crazy and let the plaid ::gasp:: NOT LINE UP! With that, I began fitting. Her bust measurement would have required larger than a sz 18 but her high bust was a perfect 16. I cut a straight 16. I wish I had taken a picture of the muslin for the bodice. It was a disaster. Somehow I figured out how to do a 1" FBA (kimono sleeves, and french darts? I think that's what I was working with). And guess what? It worked!
The dress itself was a piece of cake to sew up. I finished up in a day but that put it on the back burner for a while because I was dreading the boredom that would ensue from sewing that hem. I blame my ADD. It has pattern pieces for shoulder pads and a custom belt but screw that. I took the easy way out and purchased shoulder pads and used a belt I already had. I blame my ADD for that as well. Ha!
Needless to say, Cassidy is super pleased and I have now been asked to sew up the A-line skirt I promised her. For all this free labor, I told her she owes me some Chipotle or something ;)