My in-laws have been looking after Valentine for the weekend and I have made terrific progress with the birthday dress. We're almost there!
It just seems the closer I get to finishing, the slower things go. As the dress comes together it's getting bigger and bigger and fluffier and fluffier. With three linings and a crinoline ruffle - no wonder it's getting hard to work with. I'm presently working on inserting the zipper. It looks like it will need to be hand basted in place before it can be sewn.