I think Idris is done. I'm shorter waisted than my dressform, and will be wearing it with a corset, but this should give the idea.
So much angst over this one, and more than one "I CAN'T DO IT!' exclaimed in the process. In the end, I'm happy with where I ended up given my budget and experience.
Layers in the final wearing will be corset, bustle, petticoat, skirt, bodice, hipscarf. I hope we get a temperature drop! Oh, almost forgot, I left slits in the skirt so I can wear a pair of pockets. Let's hear it for hands free convention going!
Anyway, the only fabrics not dyed are the silk ruffles, and they were shredded. The petticoat was dyed and painted. The base skirt started out as a well-loved, tan, gored, silk skirt that I imperfectly dyed blue then cut up. The hipscarf began as a royal blue thirft shop skirt that I tore apart and let sit in a bleach bath. The white chantilly lace was dyed ecru, then overdyed in teal/gray and finally hit with a copper Shiva paintstick for details.
For distressing I use one of those wire file brushes that people use on dance shoes. Shreds the fabric in no time.
The bodice details are in a separate picture.