Just a quick update: I'd cut up the printed paper pattern just yesterday and bought the fabric, a dark mustard yellow and black floral lines print lightweight cotton plissé . I also got white cotton for making the muslin mock up of the bodice and would probably use it as well as a backing stabilizer for the midriff piece. The brown invisible zipper was purchased sometime back and I have an almost matching colored thread.
The two haberdasheries I always go to in Palembang had closed down, much to my dismay. So I'll be in quite a fix by the time I need to replenish supplies, for I've yet to discover another store.