There are plenty of alterations to make, but it's still progress. This is the first time I've had something even resembling a dress and not just the "bedsheet strapped to torso" look.
The back is going to V down so that the underbodice is just below bra band level and the over bodice will arch down in a slightly steeper angle (to give that wonderful slimming illusion) and that way I can close the dress up to the top edge of the underbodice with a zipper (lapped, I think, and then covered buttons over the top) and then the lace over bodice above that will be closed with just covered buttons. I really like that idea. I'll be covered yet still get to show a little skin...through lace.
As I write this, my dear, sweet Jim is toiling away over his new toy. Since he is now banned from the sewing room and will lose me for most evenings over the next few months, he's started painting and assembling his very first model car. He's pretty excited about it and I'm thrilled that he's got something to occupy him while I sew my life away.