Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions for the birthday jacket. (I will try steaming the jacket later--and maybe when I write the SPR I'll include all the flaws!)
Finally it is done!!!
Here's a close up of those running stitches. They're not turquoise! I had acupuncture tonight and was telling Karen about the jacket, and she suggested brown running stitches to go with the brown buttons. I wasn't sure if I had brown embroidery floss or not, but turns out I do, so there you go:
When I was at the ASE, Leslie in Austin was telling me about tiger tape to help with spacing running stitches. I made my own version as shown here, spaced 3/8. Wow, that was way easier than what I did this summer (initially eyeballing, then marking with tailor's chalk).
I wish I had asked for tomorrow off from work. I'm kind of worn out from working all day and sewing for several hours at night for 4 nights in a row! Saturday I'm sleeping in and spending the day with my parents. Sunday I will be at home, maybe ordering a dress form! If you use a dress form, do you like yours and which do you recommend? I'm thinking of getting a professional form, but then it's not adjustable and wouldn't adjustable be more practical? I definitely want a form that I can pin fabric on it!