From my previous fitting issues, I cut a bigger size for the bodice. I always used to trace out the patterns of a big baking paper (which I got a whole roll of it when in sg). I just can't bear to cut into the tissue paper and waste the pattern in other sizes.
I cut a size 6 bust and taper down to a size 8 waist. And this time, the dress fits really nicely, and all my pleats are intact. Wee! For the skirt portion, I cut a full circle remembering to lengthen it and also cut a smaller waist portion so it won't have so many gathers. Which version u prefers? The betty shirtdress or this flirty red polka dots? I can't decide, cos I love them both. And.... I am so gonna make more of this dress in other fabric designs as well! Call me boring but this is who I am. When I love a design, I really make full use of it. Lol!