No, the dress isn't finished. It only has one sleeve. The skirt is just basted onto the bodice for fit and drape and the seams need trimming. And I think I need to put some pintucks in the back neckline because the thick fabric at the top of the zipper made everything gape by 0.5" (and 0.5" makes a world of difference between gaping and not-gaping in a neckline). And those sleeves are so heavy that they don't help with the neckline, which I refused to stabilize. And that puffy white fabric at the armpit is driving me stark raving bonkers. It's so wrong. Thoughtless oversight on my part when I was drafting how that gold fabric lay against the underlining. Either that, or sewing at 1 am with a head cold was not such a good idea after all.
Tonight I have to decide whether to do rufflesuction at the armpit or not. I hope I decide yes, so that I can draft the other sleeve to look good. I think I might cry if I had to deliberately sew an ugly second sleeve just to match the first.
Even bigger decision: how to introduce a gold sash/belt thing at the bodice-skirt seam. I don't want it sewn-on which looks very amateur-costumey. I want it detached but not separate. Fussy, I know. I'm thinking suspended by those same gold trim strands on the sleeve. Or maybe no belt at all and just sew gold trim and random upholstery cord for color. Or draw with Sharpie.
Whatever. Where's my Tylenol?