Right chaps, many thanks for all your insightful comments on my last post. I've had a good long think I do agree with you all, a dressmaking course at this stage in my sewing journey seems like the better option.
I did do a beginners sewing class last year, and made a dress in it (see exhibit A in this post), but we didn't cover fitting at all so I am a bit cautious about not getting support in that area again. So I am going to investigate the course a bit more before I sign up, as it is a big commitment, and isn't exactly cheap.
I also think I'll give drafting my own bodice and skirt blocks a go. A few of you mentioned Miss P's bodice draft along, which I most certainly will follow. However I also fancy picking myself up a book on pattern drafting for further reference. Do any of you have any recommendations?
The newest edition of Cloth magazine had this in it's books round-up section:
I've seen this one around a lot:
And what bout this beastie:
What I want is a gentle easy entry into this stuff, something with diagrams that don't look too scary, and that I can follow fairly easily. But I do want some depth as well, something that covers all adjustments etc that might be needed. But is that asking too much?
Does anyone have any other suggestions?