Before I get back to the project at hand, I think I'll have a little lie down to recover from the rose print discussion Karen's moderating over at Did You Make That,"It's Official. My Boyfriend's An Idiot." I'm pretty sure I turned 40 before one or two of the people commenting wisely over there on age-appropriate dressing were born.
OK, that's better.
I gave up on making a pattern from the dress and rummaged through my pattern
The bodice seems about right, although the skirt is too fitted. (The two pics below were taken milliseconds apart.)
So I traced the bodice, straightening it where it curved inward, and will make it up without the darts and stick a skirt on it.
And we'll see.