There is another dress that would work really well, but after looking at it a little longer I realize I had made it already! My red and black plaid with the velvet trim. So this one I think is a great one as well, with some nice silk ribbon trim just along the edge of the sleeves. I think I have the buttons, which will be decorative. The collar will probably be just plain white cotton as appears on this dress. I've not used this style of collar before but I might change my mind on this one as I look around some more. I think also this dress is a gathered bodice rather than darted. Reminder to self...cut to match the checks! Those of you who know the story of the blue plaid will understand :).
I will be in Gettysburg next week so probably will need a stop at Needle and Thread! So off to get ready to sew. Progress pictures will be posted as usual.