In the old days I was a definite pear shape and still carry my weight in my hips and thighs. However I also have an apple belly. So I have no idea what shape I am now. I often have to lengthen the bodice on patterns as I am long-waisted. I consider my arms to be on the chunky side.
I made my muslin dress out of a fairly soft rayon knit. In retrospect it was a bit too lightweight for this dress. I made the 18EF for this dress. Technically I would fit into the 18CD sizing but at my age I like a little less negative ease at the bustline. I did not have enough fabric for the sleeves so I made it sleeveless. I did raise the armhole about 1/2″ to make sure I wouldn’t have any bra showage. The top of this dress is lined so in order to have the armhole finished well I used a technique that I learned from the Colette website. It worked very well and I got a nicely finished armhole. I like to understitch the lining to make it roll under.
I was certainly pretty happy with how the dress fit and love to style it as if I was much younger with my cool boots. I haven’t twirled in years! Looking at the dress in the picture I wish I had made it about 1-2″ shorter. I also found that with wearing the dress that it was a bit short waisted for me. I found the V neckline to be perfect. As a comparison I found the V neck on the Concord T-shirt a bit wide and deep for me. If you are interested the Jean jacket is the Stylearc Stacie Jean Jacket. I think I made it 3 years ago – I love that jacket.