You can see I've shortened the bodice considerably so that it ends right at my waist. The skirt will be cartridge pleated onto a twill tape then tacked inside the bodice.
This will be worn over my 1830s/40s corset that I completed in 2007 for Costume College. The corset pattern is Past Patterns #001 Corded Stay.
You can see the fabric bending in at the waistline. The cording I put in was not enough support for my squishy form, so I've since added a bone at each side and bones around the CB grommets for support.
The corset could still use more boning and is a little large around my hips. I've thought about just tossing this corset and using my more comfortable Victorian corset but I want to be a bit more authentic with the popular solid busc front corset of the period.
This dress was initially for Costume College '07. All I finished was the undergarments. (The dress didn't get sewn and I needed sleep instead.) So I wore those around the hotel in my bonnet. It's funny how many people really didn't catch on to the fact that I was in my undergarments! The ruffled petticoat, shawl and bonnet really threw them off. :-)