I started with McCalls 3853 (now OOP). I used the pleated skirt pattern with zero alterations. For the top, I first made a muslin from the corset pattern, getting a perfect fit. Then I added a seam under my bust to all the front pieces so that I could attach my tulle along that seam on the final top. I also adjust the bottom front of the bodice so that it had a smooth curve rather than the sharp “V” of the pattern.
The purchased my fabric from Ginny’s in Rochester, Minnesota. The majority of the dress is 100% silk dupioni in an off-white color. The bottom portion of the front of the bodice, along with the fill bodice back was the same silk, but all-over embroidery.