This is what we call a “wearable muslin”. That means that it’s cheap tester fabric that you don’t mind wearing if it turns out right or tossing if it’s a wadder. This dress is also an example of why it’s important to do a muslin. The pattern is a size 12, 30in bust. These small patterns take alot of care when being sized up. I did a muslin of the bodice, tweaked it here and there, then made the dress. I was really unhappy with this dress and the fact that, even disregarding the lack of cumerbund, it looks nothing like the original. After a test-wearing yesterday and some pinning, I determined that I need to take 1-2inches off each side seam in order for it to fit like a true 50’s dress. My numbers were right, how did my grading turn out so off? I hadn’t measured myself in nearly a month. While I jump on the scale daily, I don’t often measure myself. Since my back has healed enough to get back to an easy exercise program, I’ve lost 2 inches off my waist. That’s not alot in modern clothing, but a big deal in 50’s clothing. Remember ladies, even if you think you’re exactly the same, measure yourself before the start of each project.