Last night I conquered the pockets and adjusted the bodice to fit me, as opposed to a tight squeeze. All weekend I was dreading the pockets because they're a feature on my hips, that I was trying to avoid/change/amend/ignore.
Now I'll be joining the bodice to the skirt (fingers crossed). I had to face up to the reality that I needed to do more planning and adjustments to the pattern, that I'll do once I finish this fushia trial.
I will finish this new dress pattern and then try a new jacket pattern - more stress even with the normal adjustments. In the meantime, there are a couple of knit tops that I also want to fit in.