So much hard work went into this costume and it's the first costume in a long, long time that I had to work on right up until prejudging, but I'm so pleased with how most of it came out and I know where I need to rework it for the future.
The bodice was the most complicated part of the entire costume, with draping, tailoring, and patternmaking all coming into play to make it happen. The chevrons on the bodice were draped on a dressform and then pressed and slipstiched to keep them in place, while a merrowed lettuce hem is gathered on top of them and set in between the bodice front and the lining. The stripes are bits of ribbon sewn on top with buttons shanked on for accents, and the neckpiece was a big fat disaster that I draped on the bias for extra stretch and then pleated and set with slipstitches. I was extremely impressed with myself that I actually got all of this madness to line up at the zipper in the back, so that's probably what I'm most proud of in this costume!
The underskirt is just a regular old box pleated skirt that I pattern drafted, pleated, merrowed, and finished with hand stitching. Nothing complicated. The overskirt, though, is an entirely different matter. That was pleated, lined, finished with bias strips that I cut myself, and then hand stitched and interfaced and did everything and then some to. It's supported by three rows of half-boning to keep it together and upright as well.
Best Journeyman - Metrocon 2011