I'm working on this pattern in this vintage cotton:

I made up a toile and it's not too bad... still don't have the guts to cut into the vintage, yet! I need to make the neck a little narrower and the bodice a little roomier than this:
(My dog doesn't seem particularly impressed.)

Other sewing-room mischief involve these culprits:

I've read mixed reviews of this pattern. We'll see how I go. How wild is the lobster print?

The thing I'm most concerned about is that the standard 2" extra length that I put in the bodice have made the darts rather messy - they lose a lot of shape when I rule a new line. Anyone got any hints? See below. - swing by and say hi!