So as usual, everything is taking longer than expected, but I finally got a good mockup of my bodice made. I wanted to try something different this time, so I used the single-breasted jacket bodice (p. 212) in Fashions of the Gilded Age. This particular pattern is a reprint of a pattern from Complete Guide to Ladies' Garment Cutting from 1883. You can see me drawing out the pattern in the artsy, but not incredibly clear photo above. For these patterns, you plot out all the measurements using an apportioning scale (a.k.a. a little paper ruler) that corresponds to your bust size. You just measure down a by a certain number, then across by a certain number, then make a dot. All of these reference points are eventually connected like a big game of dressmaker connect the dots. This scales it up to automatically fit your size, so in theory, no major size alterations are needed.
And much to my amazement, IT WORKED!!! This bodice fits me like a glove, and the only thing that I'm going to have to change is to add an inch or two to the length of the torso, but since I am quite tall by Victorian standards, this is something that I always have to do when working from period patterns. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to cut tabs into the bottom of the bodice like my inspiration pic or just leave it plain like this, but I am thrilled to finally have a good bodice pattern to work with so I can start cutting out my real fabric.