I've been working on the velvet bodice. The lapel I added has been challenging to pattern and construct, but I think I've got it.
Here is the bodice all sewn together.
I experimented with adding the gold ruched detail to the bodice to see how it looked.
I put together the gold inner skirt. I also bought myself a hoop-skirt which I've always wanted.
It really gives the skirt that extra touch, and it's really fun.