For this dress I ended up modifying the original pattern slightly, and adding some decorative elements on the bodice. V8766 by Vogue is a classic bodice + skirt in a handful of variations. I choose to go with “F”, a shorter skirt with long sleeves. Anthropologie’s “Open-Air Theater Dress” is similar in shape to V8766, and has a fantastic ornamental design on the front.
The “Open-Air Theater Dress”:
Alterations: Besides decorating the bodice, the two main changes I made were shortening both the sleeve and skirt length. The long sleeves plus longish skirt make this dress look a little too matronly.