(I know it probably seems like more than enough time, but there are so many details with this costume and I've got other things going on at the same time which makes it a very daunting prospect indeed from where I'm sitting).
Which is possibly what inspired me to wake up at 5:00 A.M. and finish the final sleeve test I began working on last night.
It's still a bit poofier than I'd like, but certainly close enough. I'm not 100% satisfied with the lower seam, either, the one attaching the lower sleeve to the upper, but tweaking that part, even with the real deal, is the easy part.
Which means, folks, that all the major pieces are in play. This weekend, if all goes well, I am going to begin cutting and assembling the ACTUAL, HONEST-TO-GOODNESS BUSTIER OMGOSH!!!!
I will take beautiful pictures step-by-step, I assure you. Expect many, many updates in the next five weeks. Today, in fact, I am making a point to get my embroidery transfers uploaded so I can do a long-neglected update about how I've been doing the embroidery.
(Finally, for my reader who was asking about the brocade for sale, I left some comments in reply to your comments with information. Let me know if that is not sufficient).