I have learned pre-pinning works great but for hemming I do much better rolling it as I go. I also love love LOVE the beeswax that Mistress Bianca gave out at her collegium class. That has saved me many times. I just slip the little pouch into my cleavage to keep it warm and anytime the linen thread got rough I slid it out! Works like a charm. I will definitely be melting down my big blocks once I find out what type of mold she used. It looks like a mini Reeses peanut butter cup.
Some of my beginning seams are a bit uneven but by the end of the shirt I pretty much had the spacing figured out and I am very happy with the outcome. The opening at the neck may need to be altered a little bit but I am waiting until I wash the completed shirt before I change anything. Fit was good although I could probably take it in a couple places. I wasn't sure on the seam allowances for flat felling so I left a little extra in the cut.
I will say gussets & flat felling are a PAIN IN THE ASS!!! I almost went with the running stitch to forgoe the flat felling but it seemed (seamed...get it lol I crack myself up) to work out just fine. But agan..P.I.T.A!!!
All in all, I am a proud girl. I haven't ever made anything like this by hand and it was actually very therapeutic just to sit, watch Firefly & sew. Although now I will need to find a different series for each part of the challenge lol!
I thought I was getting in over my head with this but right now, I think I will do ok! Thank you to everyone who gave me input about the gussets & seams. Here is a photo of the finished shirt. I will save all the documentation photos I have for the finale =)