Thank you all so much for your input! It helped solidify the decision I had already pretty much made. I have to admit, I feel rather sheepish about this. I love the Lady Gray, but I think I prefer the McCalls to the Lady Gray. Even after making another muslin in a size 10 The LG requires too many changes to make it flattering. I may not have the size 4 body I did in my 20s, but I’m not hippy, and this makes me look hippy and short waisted, sigh. Don’t get me wrong. I still really love this pattern. I’m just not the right body type for it. I’m self-aware enough to know that, even with changes to make it look good on me, I’d end up looking like mutton dressed as lamb. I’m not old enough to be mutton yet, so I definitely don’t want to look desperate. The final nail? After placing the lace on the second muslin last night, I realized that it just looked overwhelming and rather twee.
So McCalls 5525 it is. View A. I’m sorry I won’t be participating in the sew-along, but I want a garment that I’ll love, and I think this is the more likely candidate.
BTW, in case you haven’t figured it, this is yet another reason to make a muslin!