The there was the toille. I tried it on, pulled at it, thought hard, tried it on again, and sighed. It just didn't look good. And it wasn't a problem with the fitting... it was the pattern in itself that just didn't look good on me. The waist was fine, very fitted and nice, but above that everything was a fluffy mess and not fitted at all.
But screw the pattern, I want a dress that looks good on me! After all, the point here is not to make an authentic 1950s dress but to make something pretty. So I simply cut off the sleeves of the toille and completely reworked the sleeves and how they connected to the rest. And the result looks SO much BETTER! Now lets just hope that it looks as good with the red taffeta!