I try to keep my online presence positive. It takes a lot of courage to throw yourself out into the internet, and I think the crafting community is particularly respectful and mindful when it comes to sharing and commenting. That said, there is also space for constructive criticism. Everything boils down to a matter of opinion, and we don't all have to agree all of the time. What I'm about to say is difficult for me, because I really wanted to like this pattern and the independent pattern company who publishes it.
I asked Twitter for help, and made the following modifications:
Note the odd boob wrinkle and the, still, excess fabric in the bodice. By this point, I hoped that the skirt and the earth's gravitational pull might help to resolve some of the issues, and it did, a little. But it still doesn't FIT.
Convinced of some personal ineptitude, I started searching for other versions of the wrapped Flora. I had expected to learn that I was a complete moron; instead, I noted that NONE of the Flora's produced by sewers, much more capable than me, might I add, FIT. Every version I was able to track down had some combination of blousey and boob wrinkles. And, when the ladies of BHL used the wrap bodice to demonstrate how it might be used to sew a blouse, there was absolutely no question that this poor fit is the result of bad drafting. Oddly, a large percentage of people who have sewn this dress, do not have any complaints with the results of this pattern. Some of the bloggers who have sewn the wrap version of Flora do note issues with the fit. Most who take issue with the fit of this bodice, place the blame on themselves. I disagree. I think that the pattern produces very consistent results. And, the problem with the fit of the dress is in the drafting of the pattern pieces, and not with the body type or sewing of the maker.
Ultimately, I feel this pattern was a waste of time and money, especially considering I could buy a high-low skirt pattern for $3.99 during a ClubBMV sale vs. the $34.02 (US) it cost me to buy and ship a pattern from BHL.
Now, pissiness and griping aside, there are some things about this pattern I did like. First the packaging and instructions are top notch. I REALLY like the method described for self-facing the bodice. It beats having to hand-stitch shoulder seams closed, any day! Also, the skirt is really lovely. I'm a huge fan of box pleats, and the high-low option is a really fun and interesting design feature.