So yes, the base pattern for the dress is the above shirt pattern.
Place the center front pattern piece against the side front pattern piece as you see in the picture below. Please remove the seam allowance from the original pattern before you begin drafting. This will save many headaches in the end.
When sewing the sleeve area, you will also sew the top portion of the sleeve at the shoulder. Sew from the shoulder down approximately 3".http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2011/08/fabulous-free-pattern-fridaysthe.html.
The collar that I drafted for this dress is a fairly basic shawl collar. This will be this week's collar for Sew News. As soon as the Sew News post is up, I'll let you know.
Now a question for you. I had planned to make a belt. Originally I was going to make a 2" wide belt, but then I went and put those large buttons on the dress. So what do you think, should I go ahead and make the wide belt, or should I do a narrow belt, or last choice, a tie belt?