I started with a size 10 but after Kaitlyn tried it on, I went really took it in at the waist. She wanted it much more fitted and also the flare at the hem eliminated.
I added 1 inch to the length and that wasn't quite enough. I hemmed this dress scant 1/2" hem. I will add 2 to 3 inches next time. Kaitlyn is fine with the length on this dress but future ones a bit longer is her preference.
I did not have any black knit in my stash, so I used a black ponte skirt I never wore to get fabric for the neckline.
One more look at the neckline.