A very short: I'm all done! Yeeei!
Apart for some minor adjustments at the end, it does look like I dreamed it would. The accuracy-perfectionist is satisfied (ok, almost satisfied) and the environmentally cautious anti-consumerist in my is happy to say that there is almost nothing new about this dress. All the fabric and lace and buttons have already been used as something else..the starched stripes inside the bodice and all the fabric covering the hat is older than my self.
I feel a little scarlet o'hara in my cutting up of curtains and bedsheets...only less horrid.
To be continued...