It was actually a pretty good fit! It is just a bit too big in the shoulders, which at first I didn't think was a big deal.
Even so, I decided to try a size 14 + FBA for my second one, and also to try the View A collar. After doing the FBA and reading a little about bust darts online, I decided to try lowering and pivoting the dart, so that it points up a bit more. I don't really like the look of horizontal bust darts, but until now, I didn't realize there were other options.
I will be doing all of my darts like this from now on. Love it!
As I was cutting, I decided on a whim to shorten the tunic into a shirt. I took 6" off the hem, leaving it long enough to cover my bum in low-rise jeans. The fit was good already. But, as I like my button-downs a little more close-fitting, I added two fish-eye darts in the back.
Check out that shoulder fit. Isn't it much more flattering than the wider shoulder of the size 16? I love it!
I only have one issue with the pattern, and that is the fact that the View A collar is all one piece. I have never sewn a two-piece collar but I imagine it would lie better. I'm thinking I'll make another shirt using the mandarin collar though.