Need FBA help

Grand Saline, TX(Zone 7b)

I'm having trouble sorting out how to tackle an fba on this dress.

The gathered front allows enough room for my bust, but I don't have enough length to cover. I don't feel I have the option of a horizontal slash, because I don't want to lower the back.

In the photo, piece 2 appears folded back, it's not. It really looks like some sort of a demented princess seam...driving me crazy.
Do I adjust as a princess seam or a "Y" adjustment?

And how on earth, will I do a FBA on three pieces?
Trace as a single pattern piece with seam allowance over lapping? Then recut individually?

ACK! Help, please.

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Grand Saline, TX(Zone 7b)

line drawing of dress

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Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

does this video help?

Grand Saline, TX(Zone 7b)

Oh, I do appreciate the video. But, no, doesn't

I know how to do an fba on a regular shirt front that is one piece (like the video), with or without, darts. What is throwing me off, is the bodice is in three pieces. The lowest half of the bodice, looks a princess seam, but the upper half not.

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

That dress (pattern) looks so pretty, and I hope once you have it finished you post a picture of it :)
Wish I could help you, but I have no clue about sewing that kind of
Good luck and hope someone here can help you

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

darn... well, there are many talented seamstresses here, hopefully someone will come to the rescue! Good Luck!

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

I believe only pieces 1 &2 need to be altered.
I'd split pieces 1 & 2 below the arm pit. The starting gradually at the armpit side, add a piece across pattern piece 2 and then across 1. Like a dart only the reverse. That would give fullness in the front but not affect the sides or back.
Don't think you need to adjust the yoke section at all. The neckline won't be affected.

Grand Saline, TX(Zone 7b)

Thank you, Thea. I'm hoping I'll have something finished worth posting soon.

Qwilter, thank you. I did end up doing like you said. I was using all my newer books to look for an adjustment...then remembered good ole' readers digest manual. I left a hinge at the side and split at the apex. When I used my curve to fill in, it made a perfect princess seam..surprised me. I lengthened the yolk, which was a mistake, your right...made my neckline gap. I feel confident that I can correct it on the next muslin.

I covered now! In a much more ladylike
Thank you all :0)

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