I am still sewing that garment.
Vast amounts of hand-basting. Vast, I tell you.
My current garment progress rate is approximately one seam every three days + one dart every month. Let's play Count The Darts in the picture below! All together now: one waist dart + one french dart + one armscye dart = THREE!
Per side! SIX for the front alone! (My patience dried up four darts ago.)
And my frog button progress rate is approximately 2" every 2 weeks.
So maybe "progress" is kind of an exaggeration.
Which is not good news, given that Chinese New Year is in ten days.
But I'm not panicking.
The way I figure it, I adopt this exact leisurely sewing speed (often even slower) every Halloween, right?
And the children still miraculously have costumes to wear, right?
(Sometimes even in time for Halloween itself.)
And I can always fall back on Plan B, which is to conveniently pretend I'm not really Asian and eat lutefisk or something.
But I would like my needle back, because that's the only hand-stitching needle I have in the house that isn't bent, meant for upholstery, cauterized at the tip (sometimes I use needles to remove wood slivers from feet) or plastic, that came with some kid's yarn art kit.
And I can't have it back if it's trapped in mid-frog, can I?
So I guess I might as well finish the garment.