Don't you love it when a plan comes together! That's how I am feeling about this Butterick dress and the fitting adjustments I decided to make. Sometimes my fitting adjustments are not good choices and sometimes I over fit.
One fitting adjustment I made was to take a deeper and longer dart in the back bodice piece. That worked well. I also adjusted the back bodice by taking an extra 3/8 inch for the center part of the bodice tapering back to 5/8 right past the dart ending at side seam when attaching to the back skirt portion. This eliminated the drooping I saw at the upper center back when fitting the basted dress.
I then attached an invisible zipper. I did take a 3/4 inch seam at the neckline tapering to 5/8 for the remainder of the zipper. Side seams are stitched and now I need to insert sleeves and hem the dress.
I made important fitting notes on the pattern instruction pages so to remember the adjustments I made. I will adjust the pattern for next version. Yes there will be another version, one more suitable for transitioning to fall.
More photos to follow.