Now for the good news:
The robe de style is finished!
As always, after I was pondering for months over how to construct a perfectly fitting bodice without the use of darts, it came down to three days of frantic sewing before the event I wanted to wear it to. I'm just terrible at time management, and apparently didn't learn anything over the last 10 years.
Anyway, it's finished now and I love it. I'm afraid there are no pictures yet - I forgot to get it photographed at the event, and since then something always got in the way.
I promise to post pictures as soon as possible, as well as a detailed description of the whole process!