So my progress has been "one step forward, one back". I have been working on a dress for a White Christmas Ball this weekend and was originally going to make Butterick 4957, but then realized that I had recently purchased Simplicity 2692. I bought the pattern for View E/F but then decided that View B without the sash would be more useful in my wardrobe and with a red sash would work for the White Christmas Ball.
I started by making the lining rather than doing a muslin (possibly mistake #1). Then once I decided to cut out my fabric, it was slipping around a bit and I had trouble cutting out the armholes (mistake #2).
The instructions tell you to gather the shoulders of the fabric so that the final length of the shoulder seam matches the shoulder seam on the lining. I didn't do that very well and the fabric wound up a bit longer than the lining (mistake #3). The fit wound up being not great, worse on the left side where the front of the armhole gaped significantly more than the right side. So 1+2+3=Zero I decided to call it a loss, stop stressing, put it aside, and wear something I have in my closet. Sigh.
|Front view: not impressive|
|Gaping left armhole|