I've finished the trim on the pink bodice, minus sleeves (still waiting for lining material to get here), and have moved on to the skirt. Proof:
As I told my mom, "my stitching isn't perfectly even, but the good news is that it's on velvet so even if my stitch lines looked like a drunken monkey did them, you wouldn't be able to tell because the nap hides a multitude of sins." Thank. Goodness.
My next 1860s project is NOT going to involve stripes going 'round the skirt. Ugh. That being said, I'm really happy with how this is turning out!