You guys. This stitch is so much fun.
For one, thought I love handsewing, my time is pretty limited nowadays, and I don't have the luxury of spending hours and hours on a single project (well, I do, but only if I want one gown to take months to make). This means one row of stitches instead of about seven, saving me time while I indulge my handsewing itch.
Exterior shot (it looks incredibly funky laid flat, but I swear it looks normal on stays on my dressmaker's dummy):
And the interior, where you can see the fun lines of stitching:
The skirt is cut and assembled, but not yet hemmed...I dislike hemming. I may cheat and machine sew the skirt hems, because...well, sometimes a funky slipstitch can save you time and sometimes trusty old Edith, my sewing machine, is a better bet. I've completed the arms and am planning to set them this week--whee! And then skirt hemming and joining, finishing and trimming...so much more to do!