This is mostly a self-congratulatory post on how well my dress is going! Okay so the progress isn't that quick (1940s dress pattern instructions are not entirely intuitive), but it's progress all the same. I've picked out buttons - I started out thinking of mother-of-pearl buttons but then decided to go with the little red ones instead.
The bodice thus far is shown here on Daphne, Joanna's new dress form. I started work on the collar today. Other sewing newbies out there, would you like a total beginner's tutorial on sewing a collar?
These are the gathers I achieved yesterday.