It's done! I've been working on this dress off and on for about a month - I just haven't had much time for sewing, but I had to finish because I'm dying to wear this dress!
The bodice is a bit tricky as far as fitting goes. There are about three darts on each side, each in a different length. I had a hard time adjusting it down to fit, but it ended up fitting pretty well. Definitely make a muslin of the bodice if you want to try this pattern!
The bodice has an interlining and a lining as well - I used a coordinating china silk and I love the finished look it gives the dress. The pattern instructions for the lining aren't well-written, so I'm going to do a tutorial for it, if you're interested in making this dress.
Gertie's tutorial and I love the effect on a fullish skirt like this. The skirt is a gathered and pleated rectangle skirt, so the horsehair braid really helps the skirt "float" instead of just hang. I'm really happy with the way the whole dress turned out - I've already worn it twice and can't wait to wear it again!