@Meiki: good idea! googling sounds helpful for finding tailors and as for the Mary Magdalene, I love that brand~ x.x only thing is, everyone else does too and so it sells out really quickly. I'll make sure to look through Victorian maiden's website, since i haven't browsed there before.
@divine: ooh finding items with shirring or corset lacing would probably help a lot, I remember seeing some shirring on the back of dresses but i'd have to take the skirt into account like you said. And does the shirring seem to look odd to you in the front? It seems like it would take out more space than if it was on the back though.
And thanks for the advice you two :]