|It looks okay, but not great.|
As with most things I do, I needed to research. Sleeve styles are always a concern for me, and since I'm doing a similar thing to what women of the time did (as in, making new bodices for existing dresses to keep up with fashions, kind of a frugal way of getting new clothing) I wanted this bodice to be of a nice new style dating from late 1862-early 1863. This means we're dealing with the emergence of the stand collar and sleeves are beginning to narrow a bit.
I landed on this beautiful piece:
|1860's Afternoon Dress, American|
Metropolitan Museum of Art
As always, I seem to choose pictures from the Metropolitan. This one just so happened to be perfect. My fabric is of similar color (though it is a plain sheer cotton, not a lovely printed silk)
The piping, decorative tabs and buttons, are all covered in a lovely purply-mauvy silk, and paired with that grey. *swoon* I happened to find some from that will be nice off of ebay, and it came in yesterday!
|The purple is little lighter than I would have liked, but it'll work all the same|