McCalls 6754 - pattern review

I sewed McCalls 6754 knit dress back in May, I think, but hadn't worn it yet, so I'm finally getting around to reviewing it.   It is described as "Close-fitting and flared tops and dresses have neckline variations, elasticized (seamed) waist, and narrow hems".
I made view B, the sleeveless dress.  I cut a size M, and my fabric was a pretty seafoam green ponte knit from Califabrics.com.  It's a lighter weight ponte, so not too heavy for summer, and with enough drape for the full skirt.

This is really easy to sew, I have no complaints about that. I really hate the way the Big 4 pattern companies size knit patterns.  They never put finished garment measurements and their sizing is always HUGE for knits.  After I sewed the side seams and tried it on, I realized I had to take this in - 2" on each side!! And it's still too big on me.  First, some pictures -
Unbelted
The bodice is still too big, and kind of unflattering, but I couldn't take it in any more or the darts would be under my armpits! Next time I will just cut an XS.  Also, it was very low on me - too low to wear to work, which is why I haven't worn or reviewed it yet. I raised the shoulders a bit, but couldn't go any higher or the waist would be empire, so next time I will raise the neckline on the pattern.
It looks better belted:










The shoulder strap is too wide - it could be related to the sizing issue, but I think the narrow hem could be less narrow.
I do love the drape of the skirt, it's very pretty.

Standard side and back views....


It does score high on the twirl factor, like the pattern cover photo:

I love the color, so I'll wear it even though it's not great.  I think this pattern has potential, and I was planning on making the sleeved version for fall, it just needs to be much smaller in the top.  I'll give it another go in a few months!

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