Step 1: Materials
Truly Victorian bodice TV460
Truly Victorian skirt TV261
Material for bodice- fake raw silk
Material for bodice lining- lining acetate material
3" lace for bow at collar
Material for skirt- medium weight woven cotton material
Stiff netting for skirt pouf
ribbon or cord for skirt pouf
cheap felt top hat
fine netting for hat veil
Sewing machine and general sewing notions
Step 2: Bodice - General Instructions
When you take your measurements for the bodice, be sure to wear the undergarment (corset, bra or whatever) that you will be wearing with the costume.
This pattern doesn't use conventional sizing and there are a lot of curving seams. So be sure to make what is called a "muslin"- that just means a test bodice out of some cheap material ($1.99/yard muslin works great). Stitch it together with a long or basting stitch. Don't make the lining, just make the outer layer and try it on.
Make any adjustments to this test bodice. The pattern explains some of the more common fixes that you might need to do. If it fits without any adjustments, you can cut out your material with the paper pattern. If you end up making adjustments, use your muslin (the pieces of the test bodice) to cut out your material.
Be sure to line the bodice because the boning goes in the lining seams. If you are curvy, boning really helps to keep the seams straight. I use Rigilene boning because you can sew right through it.
I used about 2 yards of 3" lace to make a bow for the collar.