After much googling, I selected three patterns to order. My criteria were: must have sleeves (with I'll lengthen to 3/4), A-line shape and not too big in the skirt.
First a current simplicity pattern from their retro-look line (4259). This is my least favourtie, though I do like the neck line on the left version.
Second, a 1980s Simplicty pattern (5440). The fabric that was chosen here is not my cup of tea. However, I do like the shape.
Finally, a current vogue (V2788). I like the back of the bodice on this one - it's a little more interesting than the others. Though, I'm not sure about the sleeves.
I started on the Vogue pattern. See the next post for my muslin version.