After releasing a few stitches of the bust lining, I was able to adjust the bodice.
Following the stitching lines I removed two inches from the upper bodice through the hips. I then tapered the lower portion removing nearly 8 inches from the skirt sweep which changed the A-line into a straight skirt. Luckily this alteration took up the slack in the back, and all I had left to do was to hem the dress. Mother wasn’t too far off track.
T H A N K S , M O M ! !