Me in my proper undies (finally!) The ribbons at the bottom of the drawers aren't necessary, but I put them there back when I was making plans for other outfits that might include shorter skirts or breeches.
Me with my bustle petticoat and an additional petticoat on (see, I'm wearing more than one petticoat! I'm learning!)
And finally, two pictures of the whole dress (sans jacket buttons, but I rather like the look of it without it...and it may be a bit of a stretch to acutally fasten those buttons, so I may not even try). Also my hat! My hat isn't done yet. I plan on adding a draped portion in the back and (hopefully) roses, but a simpler hat for this dress won't be so bad if I can't get the flowers to work.
But first, the original inspiration fashion plate, for frame of reference...
And my dress!
I apparently can't wear stuff without it being crooked...I'm looking at you, lapels and overskirt. Speaking of the overskirt, thought you can't see the back, it's not bustled, just constructed "wrong." The instructions say not to gather or pleat excess fabric in the back otherwise the back won't look right. But I did anyway because there was so much fabric to take up in the waist, so I made several large knife pleats towards the center back, and between that and the side pleats, it created its own loose bustled look. And yeah, it did mess up the original bustled design, so don't do what I did if you like the original look. It just makes the back look like a crumpled mess.
That side view...oh man. I'm super proud of this dress, you guys. I didn't realize how awesome it looked until I put it all on tonight. Normally it just looks like a lump of fabric on the couch, but now it's a dress. And I really think the blouse part makes it, that deliberate breaking up of all the red and black. I'm glad I decided to carry that through to other things as well. (the bag has a white tie, and the parasol, due to things out of my control, happens to have a white frame...and I may make white and black flowers for the hat).
So, what's next? Let me get all this done first!