I made the toile in two parts - first the top which I based off of the Erte dress (which was in turn based on the S&S 1911 Kimono Dress). I tried on the Erte, marked it with pins approx where the new waistline and neckline should be and transferred those markings to the pattern piece before I cut out the toile.
The second half of the toile was the skirt which I based on Butterick 4092. I added a couple of inches to the bottom length and 4 inches to the top.
I tried them on separately starting with the skirt. I figured out where it was supposed to sit then Mom and I pinned and fussed with the darts and seams until it was nicely fitted. Then I tried on the top and we did the same, eventually pinned the two peices together.
The top is actually the under bodice, it will be sewn out of silk organza (for stability) and machine net (for softness) and will peek out from under the beaded vest. Now that the underbodic is in good shape I'll be drafting the vest pattern so I can work on the bead count so I can order beads so i can start beading. It's all about the beads you know!
Now that the skirt is in good shape I need to measure out the yardage and see if I have enough fabric for an over skirt and train... we'll see.