So, this post over on corsetmakers might just have revived my interest in this costume project because, even if that bodice doesn't end up making my torso look kind of like hers, I have a corset that DOES.
So now my brain is going down the 'all in one piece? layered? mix of both?' rabbit hole, instead of dithering over how to pattern out the bodice itself. MUCH better place to be, since I have no faith in my ability to come up with a pattern.
Also, this is the first time I have really felt like costuming in.... two years? More? That whole 'laid off" thing threw me pretty hard.