With no evidence to the contrary, allow me to declare myself the first!
I like it.
Maybe not LOVE it.
But it'll do.
Cute. Wearable. Good learning experience as always.
I wish the shoulder straps were a little more.. something. Slightly wider maybe? Set in a little closer?
Serendipitously, the straps do happen to fall exactly over my bra straps, which was a happy accident.
The bodice is too high under the armpits, but that is likely my fault. I cannot abide straps that fall off my shoulders, so I tend to overcompensate by making them too short. In other words, it's not necessarily a pattern design flaw, but rather user error due to my inexperience in executing fit adjustment.
Or maybe it's just my sloped shoulders.
Or my bad posture.
Probably bad posture.
Anyway, the other issue I had stemmed from the gathering at the empire waist. Because my fabric didn't have much drape, it ended up looking *quite* maternal. About six-months-along maternal, to be exact.
Not good when you're 45 months postpartum. Not.good.at.all.
I pulled out the gathering and put in pleats instead, which I sewed down several inches. That solved the problem, at least satisfactorily enough.
One fun technique I did try for the first time was using plain cotton muslin in place of the interfacing called for in the bodice. This was suggested by Gertie on her fabulous blog, Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing. In her June post of summer sewing tips, she suggests we can build more comfortable summer wear by sewing in natural fibers for interfacing rather then using iron-on synthetic interfacing. The natural fibers dissipate body heat instead of trapping it against the skin as synthetics do. Why didn't I think of that? And it was just as easy to quickly baste the muslin on as it would have been to iron on interfacing. Definitely a tip that I will use again. Thanks Gertie!