As a dress, this still needs work, but it's close enough to move on to the second alteration phase which is to make a princess-seamed bodice with long sleeves. I've noted what I want to change for this dress and have these two muslins plus the pictures to get me started when I have time to come back to this pattern. The hardest part in all this was getting the bodice and skirt darts to line up. The most frustrating thing was every time I fixed on problem, it created another. The best part is how the bodice and skirt are fitted to my back, yet have no extra fabric showcasing a swayback. This is a triumph.
To get to the point I feel comfortable moving on to basically creating a new pattern, it took five bodice muslins and two skirt muslins (the skirt is a pattern I created for myself, so I was starting from a more accurate pattern).
The floral muslin went to a church to use for a costume. The other two I am keeping to help me know what needs to be changed if I come back to this dress.