hmm, I think that Colette Patterns may not be designing with my frame in mind. I made up a muslin, and made a 10 grading to a 12 through the hips. Unfortunately the waist was _tiny_ Here are some (cringing) pics.
Another issue I had was the pleats. I appreciate the aesthetic that they're going for, but I am at a loss as to why I thought it might suit me. The hips seem to be more than 16" larger than the waist, much more puffiness than I need. I am tall. Tall is not cute. I tried the muslin on and it did not suit me. I eliminated the pleats on the back, and changed them to darts (I do not need excess puffiness on my rear end). I scaled down the front pleats by 1/4" each. It was much closer to the silhouette that I'm comfortable with.
On the plus side, I'm now really happy with my muslin. I'm a bit worried about the rear darts being pointy, but I should be able to get them into shape. If anyone knows a good source for shaping rear darts I'd love to hear it :)
The Macaron is now cut out in the fashion fabric. I've cut out bias strips for the piping, and have to wait until the weekend to buy cording and a zipper. I'm trying to decide where to put piping. I'm not doing a contrast waistband, so I thought I would put some on the top and bottom of the waistband. Also on the sleeve hems and neckline. Should I put some on the sweetheart bodice as well?