If you want to do it right, though, you make your corset first, and draft your pattern over that. Since this is my work dress, and I'm not about to wear a corset to work in a garden, I just wore my normal under clothing. When my body is done changing sizes all the time, I'll draft a nice corset, a new bodice, and make a lovely NEW dress.
The finished product, without petticoats.
It's a little short because this bodice does not have a waistband.
I'm not sure if I'm going to lengthen it for now, though.
I didn't add the princess lines or tucks in the back just to give me more wiggle room.
I couldn't get a good picture here with my petticoats on, but you can see that the shape
is much better with the petticoats than without!
Here are a few pictures from all our fun!
Not my most modest picture, but here you can see the idea of how making the pattern works.
My super-mom who did the wrapping and marking.
This fabric has gone a long way! This is now my 4th top and second skirt in this fabric. I sold one complete dress a couple years ago when I realized I'd just made it too big for me. Great options for my changing sizes!