The sixth garment for my capsule wardrobe is complete! And I've discovered something GREAT.
Simplicity 9548 dress
©1971; Misses' Bonus Basic Dress with Two Skirts and Two Bodices: (Including a Bonus Chart ... "How-to Make a Better Fitting Dress"). The dress has back zipper and optional self fabric or purchased belt. V. 1 & 2 have high round neckline and set-in sleeves. V. 1 with slim skirt has long sleeves. V. 2 with stand-up collar has short sleeves. V. 2 & 3 have flared skirts. Sleeveless V. 3 has low round neckline.
zipper. A big fat chunky one that's not meant for dresses but hell, big fat chunky zippers are a thing now.
Misses Petite 10 (32" bust)
Modification Advice/Errors in Pattern:
If you can believe it, gloriously none. Well, nearly none. Just had to take in about 1" near sleeve because of my need for an FBA. At least, I think that's what my fit issue is.
Because of the near-perfection of this dress bodice I begin to wonder if my other dresses' bodice fit issues are more to do with petite upper chest/armscye etc... issues rather than a straight up FBA? Research is required.
HELLS YES. People, this may sounds like Captain Lady Obvio-so, but the petite fit FITS ME better than the regular fit. Usually I have to take in much more for the bust darts, usually the skirt length is way too long, usually it's just a touch too large in the bodice across the upper chest and the waist is a smidge too low.
But this dress really, actually, feels like it fits.
My Favourite Things About it:
The fit. Also, it's convinced me that skirts can be longer than knee-length and I still like how they look on me.
My Least Favourite Things About it:
It actually didn't come with a belt pattern, I just made that up. But yah, that's just being nit picky. Also: next time, I think I'd add just a bit more room in the sleeve. I think my creating the (very small) darts brought the sleeve from perfect-fitting to a tiny bit small.