After discovering that I still need to do more tweaking to get the bodice to fit I set it aside and went back to the corset. I did end up opening the corset back up and doubling up on the boning. Much better! In the process I realized that I was wearing it too high on my body the first go round so I ended up replacing the straps with longer ones as well. I don't know why but I had a horrible time getting the placement of the strap right so I spent pretty much all day on the corset redo.
Anway.... I didn't feel like fiddling with the bodice again today after getting so stressed over the corset yesterday but wanted to make some kind of progress so decided to move on to the skirt and sleeves today. I cut out all the sleeve pieces along one edge of my fabric then cut four skirt panels to length. Even after evening up the side the sleves were cut from I still have wide enough panels to end up with a nice full 160 inch hemline. :) And the trimming are wide enough to be used for the paned cap sleeves. :) And... I have enough fabric left to make a forepart to use with the sleeves on another future gown! :) (Um... provided I don't screw up cutting out the bodice 'cuz there's just enough to cut it once and still get a forepart out of the deal.) I took a little break from cutting to typ this up. Now on to sewing the skirt together! Oh, yeah. I should show you my inspiration for the gown and the fabric I'm working with, shouldn't I? I am using the Elenora di Toledo portrait as my inspiration with this yummy fabric I picked up a Field Fabrics a couple of months ago on clearance for $3.97 a yard and plan to trim the sleeve panes and neckline with some dull gold cording I spotted and Hobby Lobby and plan to go buy tomorrow.