I have to keep this short (time to tuck in the rugrats and embroidery work to do afterward), but it's done!
I never thought I could do so much hand-stitching on a garment, and have it not only stay together, but look half decent! I wore it to work today (DH snapped this pic on my way out this morning), and received many compliments, so it's a keeper. I have a long list of what I'll do different next time, but I'll save that for a future post.
The antique machine is up and running, and I'll have a video of that soon, too!