Let me tell you, when it comes to shopping for current patterns with darted bodices, the pickings are slim to none. Most bodices for patterns these days have princess seams.
I tried Simplicity 2444, Simplicity 1873, New Look 6623, and McCall's 5927. My favorite was Simplicity 1873 and my least favorite was New Look 6623.
Although I loved the different sleeve options for McCall's 5927, I did not like the way it fit under the arm. There was major gaping.
I made this dress to wear to an intimate dinner that my family and I shared to celebrate me and my husband's 20 year wedding anniversary. I only use pattern pieces for the bodice to make this dress. The skirt is just two rectangle pieces of fabric cut in an a-line shape.
I don't usually gravitate towards print fabrics, but I was really, really attracted to this colorful animal print. Sewing it was super easy and the dress was very fun to wear. I felt good in it.
I am really looking forward to using the bodice of this pattern again very soon.