I also learned that I am not actually a size 14. (Tommie, you were right!) But I also learned that if you leave a zipper out of a dress that supposed to have one, sewing it two sizes larger than you should have definitely helps it to fit better. At any rate, I did end up being able to sew up the sides of the dress when it was done to create a more snug fit and still fit into it. To see what I mean, the picture to the right is the before and after of this alteration...the right side is the "before" and the left "after".
So I did make some adjustments, but overall I'm pleased with the final fit, if not thrilled:
It's a little tight across the back, but otherwise, the adjustments were servicable. And fit aside, I really like this dress! It's so satisfying to make your own clothes. I can wear this out an about and I don't think it will catch people's eye for being misshapen. In fact, it's a little everyday elegant if you ask me. And since you're asking me, I'm also going to ask you something: what do you think about the length? Should I let the hem out a little? I have about two more inches I could play with.
*Second Dress Report Card*