Skirt attached to bodice
Zip inserted [easier than expected, I used my wonderclips for once]
Sleeves in [I did them following the instructions, and wish I hadn’t. I now know that my usual method of fully assembling coat and lining, then joining them, then finishing by hand stitching the sleeve lining to the cuffs, is way better than this nonsense of machining sleeves together at cuffs, attaching lining to coat body, then hand stitching sleeve linings round the entire arm scye. It’s also easier to add shoulder pads my way. I did a lovely job on the sleeve heads though, using my ham to press and mould them before inserting. My hand stitching is also da bomb.]
Lining attached See above!
Hem completed. More steam moulding to ease out as much fullness as possible. I did a chunky 3″ hem, and hand stitched the lot. Very satisfying.
And here it is…I LOVE IT
Now to make matching hat…and maybe gloves. Overdressed? Moi?