Long time, no update! Nearly a year later, I realized I could/should wear this outfit. I was a little concerned about the size (having started it so long ago), but realized it fit rather nicely without the corset. Just needed an additional set of eyelets on each side for better lacing, plus hooks and eyes at the sleeve wrists, which were quick work.
I wore it at Beltane in May 2011, with a little wired coif on my head and a pretty black and gunmetal necklace set that my dear husband gave me for Christmas. I’d still like to make a black wool gown to wear over it for cool-weather events. Someday!