Because I wasn't very careful, My center fronts didn't match up. (I think it's a combination of my stays stretching out, doing my toile up in an extremely stretchy linen, not paying attention to the fraying allowances, and not giving myself extra 'fudge' room.)
So, without starting completely over (again) or making another, more slightly snug pair of bodies (which I actually need - this pair is so comfy, but the 'gals' keep sliding down!), I decided to do a zone front. I have no clue if it's accurate to have an en ferrou with a zone front, but I'm going to pretend that I'm making an older gown handed down to me to be more fashionable by creating a zone front. Or something.
Oh yeah, I also got the sleeves set in. Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination (especially the little puckers at the back), but at this point, I'm starting to care less and less! (Many thanks to Mom who stopped by and helped me get them pinned in correctly! For once, I didn't set the arm too far back! Hurrah!) I tried super hard to get a couple of small pleats in the cap, but it just didn't work out that way. I've lost a bit of range-of-movement, but since I plan to only wear this for a few hours, I think I'll survive! ;)
Here's where I am right now:
I really like the long sleeves (thank you, sarahbellem for the suggestion!), especially from the front! (Excuse the hair, it's a bit....wild - as usual)
Now to decide the plastron-y piece (whatever that bit is called?!) I think I want to do buttons, but do I make them functional, and set the piece into the bodice, or have a seperate, pinned in piece? Hmmm. Hopefully I have a brainstorm before tomorrow morning, since I think that's next on the docket.
Ok, still to do:
-bodice front (and sundry figuring-outed-ness)
-hat (I found just a bit of the gold silk I used in the vic - I'm thinking some of it will have to cover my hat. Also need to figure out hat styles!)
-repair mules (I have a pair that I think will work smashingly - just need to repair the heel)
-find white or cream stockings (I have about a gazillion pair, but never two of the same at one time! Aaargh!)
-figure out hair situation
On a side-note, this dress is feeling decidedly non-summery, what with the color palatte and long sleeves, but meh. (I just realized this just now, shows you how aware I am.....sigh.