So I wimped out and took the bodice pieces to the blueprint shop and had them scaled up, took just a few minutes for them to do it and saved me HOURS of drafting time. So I had actual paper pattern pieces then drafted the skirt pieces by myself. I've discovered that the heavy roll of painters paper makes fantastic pattern paper! I can't really do much until the corset is done but I can get a general jist of how things are going to go. Thankfully it appears that the dress will be close to my own dress size--something that seems a bit odd since dresses of the period are usually so much smaller.
I've included a picture of the wedding dress I'm picking apart so you can see the lace, in a way it already has the silhouette of a period gown. One shot is a close of up of the netting. I think I found a the fabric for the underskirt...it is a light green silk taffeta that is shot with a pinkish orange...but I'm still looking. Part of the colour choice is the price at the discount fabric store. More photos to follow.