Well, I think my fabric choices were a mistake. Got to love the learning curve. I love the jewel tone of the blue cotton velvet, a bargain clearance purchase. I bought a contrasting fabric that has the flavour of the Book Cover Dress. I was unable to find an affordable print that would match exactly. I did find, online, super lux fabric that would have worked but no way would I ever be willing to spend $100/yard on fabric. So back to the discount fabric store back room. here is what I bought and a snapshot of the Book Cover Dress:
I cut out the pieces to the bodice and flatlined all the blue with a heavy black muslin, and the vest pieces I cut two pieces of fashion fabric and stiff tightly woven cotton between the two. The blue/black combo were serged and the print required me to sew the stiffener in. Now I realize that my seams are going to be quite bulky....arrrrrgh....I will deal, it is a costume not clothing reproduced.
Then I started pinning together...the following picks are just pinned not sewn -- I am pleased with the reduction of the vest pieces:
I will need to unpin the bottom sides of the top to allow for the bulk in the skirt and draping...we'll see how that goes...
I tried to match the pattern but the vest pieces were so curved it wasn't going to happen past a mid point: