McCall's 8249 from 1996, which is when I had the two dresses mentioned above.
I bought three runs of fabric, so I want to make the dresses each a little different. My first dress is made of extremely lightweight fabric. It probably wouldn't hold up to buttonholes, so I decided to cut both the front and the back on the fold and made some bias tape for the neckline rather than a facing. I rarely use a facing; I'll line and item or make bias to either surround the raw edge or apply it and turn it to the wrong side and hand sew it on the inside.
I added a wide trim to the center front and used some of the bias tape I had made to weave through the holes rather than using ribbon.
This shows the neckline a little better.