I opted to go with the shirred midriff in a black fabric.
I gathered the larger pieces and sewed the ends together.
I didn’t sew along the sides like the directions said, I personally saw no point to it since I was going to end up sewing right over the stitches anyway.
I sewed it to the bodice.
I hope to get the skirt and skirt lining on later today, which would leave just the hem, zipper and hook and eye closure.