So I've been working on this for a good two years now, and I've finally finished. I was definitely not ready to start it when I did, I didn't even know how to attach piping (and I had to make it), nor did I know how to fit things properly. Also I couldn't sew a straight line. But I started, and finished. Woo! And here, have pictures. You can't see my face, shh.
I'll use my mannequin later, so it looks...better. But right now my mannequin has been corseted so long it's almost disfigured, so I'm letting it breathe.
Just so you all can see it in the thumbnail, as per kindly suggestions from kindly folks.
The Chemise and Pantaloons. Very billowy. And Plain. I didn't take the effort to trim the chemise, because I need to make a new one anyways. Mine isn't an Evening Chemise, so it's too high up on my neck, and shows above the top of my gown. But hey, I learned how to gather with this. Or rather, I perfected it.
The Pantaloons have trim. Pink bows. <3 But scandalous, I'm showing ankles! :O
The Corset. It's a cotton one, so it's not very strong. I've no desire to suffocate myself, and the weaker fabric encourages me not to cinch it too tightly. Also, I ran out of time, and I'm going to make a new one later. A longer one. Longer corsets are aways better.
Another Corset shot. They're Slimming.
The Hoops. I made them, I didn't order them. So much straight-line-boning stitching, oof. But they're lovely. I wanted huge ones, they have a little over a 200" circumference. Can't get them that swoopy on the internet.
The Petticoat. I gathered those two ruffles by hand. So much ruffling. But I wanted to be sure the bones of the hoop didn't show through the skirt of the ballgown. I'm not a lampshade.
Finally! The Ballgown! Again! It's got a bit of psychedelic wall in the corner, ignore that. It took me three attempts to make that bodice, since I had no idea what I was doing. First time, my stitched lines weren't straight. Second time, the bodice point in front was crooked. This time, it's close enough.
Also, I can't lift my arms. I don't know how they danced.
Sleeve detail, just because. Altogether, the whole thing with underpinnings weighs a little over ten pounds. So heavy. But I love it.