Whew! It took some fudging and maneuvering and simplifying, but the gown was finished by midnight Saturday night. And while it did take some time, I took lots of little breaks to clear my mind and come back to the project with renewed energy. Another stress-busting tip: Watch "Band of Brothers" on the History Channel. All the yelling, gunfire, explosions going off in the background released some of the tension I felt while finessing the gathers and setting in the sleeves. :D
Mystie and I decided to make up the 3 month size, which was just a tiny bit larger than newborn, but those Australian patterns seems to be very "generous". So I did not put the buttons on the back yoke and took up some excess with a safety pin. When Ilse has grown a little, we'll have some pics taken.
Many of you left encouraging words on my last post and I so appreciate it. Just wanted you all to know that I struggle through projects, the seam ripper becoming one with my right hand, and yet with some deep breathing and prayer (and bursts of artillery in the air), it all comes out fine!