You might be thinking I'm crazy, but this project has finally taken shape! It's hard for me to believe that is was just 2 weeks ago that I was in NY starting this project, it feels like I've been stressing over this project for at least a month! This week I had enough time to get the lining hand-stitched closed (including the sleeves), and today I was able to attach the sleeves and close up the lining there, too. Although it was incredibly frustrating, and painstakingly slow, I did it the way Susan told me to, and handstitched the sleeves on. I dragged my dressform from downstairs, and in my sunshiny kitchen I wrestled, trimmed, clipped, pinned, and sewed. The second sleeve went on much faster than the first, and I have to admit, with each completed step, I am more proud of myself and more confident of my sewing skills.
Here are pics of the back and the lining.Next up is attaching the trim, then hemming all the open edges, by hand of course. Then I'll attach the 2 pockets and chain, and put this baby to bed! I'm really, really hoping it will be finished by September 26, when I go to the Novi Sewing Expo, so Kenneth can see my finished project in person! The next few weeks will be rather crazy though, between a family birthday, the sewing show, and having to also make a homecoming dress by October 3rd! Thankfully, the dress she has in mind is very, very similar to this Simplicity pattern (view C with 1 shoulder and floor length), and should be pretty straitforward to make! I'll post more about this dress later this week, but for now, I'm beat!