I made some changes to my dress pattern, did a sample, and the bust/shoulder area fits great! I'm so happy with the changes I made.
You know, I'd always thought of myself as having an hourglass figure, because my bust and hip measurements are very close and my waist is about 10" smaller than my hips. But I now think I've been wrong.
Because, you, see, I changed the pattern to fit. To do that, I made the shoulders the one size, the bust the next size up (with a little extra added that doesn't widen the pattern), and the waist and hips a size bigger than the bust. So... my shoulders are TWO SIZES smaller than my hips. If that isn't a pear shape, I don't know what is.
I leave tomorrow to spend the weekend in Ann Arbor with my friends. We're not meeting for anything special; it's just a small get-together. I'm really excited to be seeing them... and to do the shoe shopping I'll be doing while I'm there.