Another good course of information was a book I had bought several years ago - The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen. It helped me a lot with constructing of the bodice and fitting later.
Finally, there was one more book which I loved and almost ordered twice - Couture Sewing Techniques, Revised and Updated by Claire B. Shaeffer. It is not as detailed as the previous one, but has many images of fine couture dresses, ideas and details. A beautiful book to have and use. I did use it a lot!
I highly recommend all of the resources above! And, yes, a glass of wine here and there helps too!
The first mock-up looked like this:
Then I decided I'd not go for this particular dress and took some time to make a new mock-up. It took me sometime to re-do a pattern I had - I made the bodice longer. I wanted to see it finished so badly that I did not take the time to document it. However here is the final bodice which consists of three layers. The upper part is linen. The middle and inner part are from cotton muslin. The middle part holds the whole construction, I will show in another post more about it.
At this stage I needed to stop and evaluate what I'd done so far. I showed some pictures to one of my friends, a wonderful cloth and jewelry designer. She gave me really useful tips such as to underline the linen part and to use some band in the upper part of the bodice to make it more sturdy. I will show you what I finally did in a future post.