Wow, somehow I got a lot done again! By George I think I may finish it in time after all!
After futzing with the bodice for a while I finally decided the pattern I was thinking of using just wasn't what I wanted. Instead I went back to a pattern I've used before, for the Daniel Deronda archery dress in fact. The under "ball" bodice for that was a slightly altered version of the bodice to Simplicity 4479 (their non-liscensed version of Christine's Masquerade dress from the Phantom movie) by Andrea Schewe. So I did a muslin of the bodice and tweaked it and made up a version in the diamond fabric. I liked it for the DD dress and I like it for this, it's very flattering and gave me the bodice shape I was wanting for this outfit.
Then I monkeyed around with trim options, pinning things on the bodice and fiddling with some dagged bustled over skirt ideas. At first I thought I didn't want any over skirt but after playing around I think just a back drape with dagged edges would look cool. As far as trim goes I think I've finally got it figured out. I'm going to trim the dagged overskirt the same as the underskirt and I think I'll put black velvet ribbon on top of the bodice seams to emphasize them. I'll also use a bit more of the crazy expensive beaded lace I used on my Marie Antoinette "black masquerade" costume - a front motif and beaded net sleeves. (And I was psyched to see I can probably eek out trimming for one more future dress from the few scraps I'll have left after this.)