And now for the bodice . . .
The bias lines of the front bodice were stabilized with scraps of fabric selvedge.
Just inside the seam allowance, that selvedge was pick-stitched to the two layers of fabric. This does a great job of keeping the bias from stretching out of shape (far more than a line of stay-stitching can ever do).
The raw edge was evened out and finished with rayon seam binding.
And then it was time for the gussets. A scrap of fabric was stitched to the right side of the bodice to stabilize the clipped area.
The gusset was then hand basted into place . . .
and then stitched by machine.
Which ended up looking like this.
After the shoulder seams were stitched, the bodice started looking like a wearable garment.
The side seams were pinked and then catch-stitched to the underlining.
And the raw edges of the gussets were finished with seam binding.
The underbodice was then stitched to the side seam allowances. It still needs the back bodice lining, but is definitely coming together.
[Disclosure: My Fabric Designs provided me with a coupon code which was used to purchase a portion of this fabric, but the opinions posted here are my own.]