I made the mockup of my suffragette dress this week. I like the bodice, but I'm not sure about the skirt. It's fairly full in the back (I usually prefer the very narrow skirts for this period), and I never could figure out how to make the back pleats fall like they are charted in the Patterns of Fashion diagram, although I'm sure I can fake something. Also, I omitted the decorative gore in the bottom of the skirt because I thought this would save me time (wow that's a lot of buttons!), but now it seems way too plain without it.
So I can either keep the original skirt and add the gore back in, or I could switch out this skirt for the double-layer one in the Butterick pattern... or... I dunno? Maybe just a straight skirt with a contrasting band at the bottom? I'm just afraid that would make me look shorter. I think some virtual mockups might help me make a decision.
Anyhoo. Here are some more pictures of my trial run.
I probably have more poochiness in the front than necessary.
You can see the lovely raised back waistline here.
I have a LOT more booty than my dress form does, so that should give it more of that Edwardian S-bend shape.
Now that I have a workable mockup, I'm going to switch gears for a bit and make myself an Edwardian corset. I'll definitely need one before I can fine tune the fit of this dress. I look like a lumpy mess in these styles without one!