Fabric certainly does not improve over time, and it also does not simply vanish – time to use a really fabric-hungry Belle Epoche pattern (TV 297) for a walking skirt made from black jacquard.
And to stay consistent with the diamond theme, a transparent top patterned with diamonds. Now just thrown a corset and a neck-pearl-thingamy (both of which are items I bought) on and you are done.
Wore it to a Steampunk event
and several other times, pix will come :)