The pattern is Butterick B5414, and is meant to be a pretty straight cut A line shift dress. But if you are large breasted, straight cuts tend to blouse around the middle and make your widest point – your breasts – appear to be the size you are all over. I am growing obsessed with darts.
Also obsessed with this simple little trick. If darts seem a bit nervewracking, and to be honest they still do for me too, then make your side seam curve where you curve. It might seem like a minor thing, but that extra couple of inches of fabric you get rid of around the middle will allow your own shape to shine through.
See? Every time I look at this picture I hear the boom ba da boom of burlesque music. And then cringe all over at how hard it is to not feel goofy that I’m sharing this.