In trying on the Meringue muslin: the skirt had no ease, the waistband gaped, and there was fabric pooling above my butt.
The next day, I decided to try the muslin on again--this time with a pair of Assets on board and without the waistband. I also tried the advice of Palmer-Pletsch and let out the front darts over my "full tummy" (or as I like to call it, "that part of my body that has not been the same since pregnancy"). At that point, it seemed like I had a ridiculous amount of extra fabric at the side seams. So, I pinned it in at the sides, and compared it to the pattern. Now it appeared I should cut a 12 at the waist, expanding to a 14 by the hips (I originally cut an 18). I modified my paper pattern accordingly, took out the side seams of my muslin, drew the new seamline, and tried it on again.
It looked awesome (well, as awesome as a muslin can look)! I'm not sure how to explain how I went from needing to add extra room to a size 18 muslin to taking in that same muslin several sizes. I mean, I know letting out the darts and wearing shapewear helped, I just don't see how it could have helped that much.
I still think I want a waistband and I drafted one last night but then didn't have time to cut it out and try it on the muslin. I'll do that tonight and then (fingers crossed!) I'll cut the fashion fabric as well. I'm not sure I'll have much time on Sat. to sew which means I'll need to get as much as possible done tonight. I can see myself wearing jeans and hemming my skirt at the Bay Area Sewists Meetup that's before the launch party, then putting on the skirt right before the launch. :) I don't think there's any way I'll get the lining put in by tomorrow afternoon, either, but I can add that afterward.
Wish me luck!