I misunderestimated how much time it would take to reach Minimum Viable Product, which meant a lot of late nights and sewing-over-lunch-hours; but the pourpoint was ready at the time the client wanted it, which was "after court, for the feast". So, a success, as far as this goes.
Many people were kind enough to comment on how well they thought it looked, but I, of course, can only see the things I want to fix or do better. Well, and there are some definite actual problems too--in spite of having cut the forearm pieces bigger, they are still an inch too narrow (WTF!?!). Herewith, a list of items to amend before I hand it off to the client for good at Pennsic:
- Buttons and buttonholes, duh. Est. time: 20-25 hours maybe? I am not super fast with buttonholes and I don't know how long it'll take me to cover/make the buttons.
- I still have to determine what I'm going to do about the round buttons. Entirely fabric, like Red Charlie's? Or solid-core, like the flat buttons definitely are? AAAAAAA.
- Re-cut and re-quilt the lower sleeves larger. 6 hours or so.
- Add the cuff piece that I thought I didn't need 'cause the lower sleeve was long enough when I fit it but isn't now (though, aheheh, I think I can just cut off the bottom of the extant lower sleeves and use that?) Possibly no time at all.
- I may have to do a little neckline fiddling once I've lined up the center front properly, which I couldn't do when stitching him in. A couple hours.
- I really feel it ought to be a couple inches longer (though I only lost 1/2" from quilting shrinkage, so I guess that was a botch from the word go). So I'm thinking of quilting strips to sew to the bottom of each body piece. 4 hours?
- This is a lead-in to a separate irk: the "skirt" of the pourpoint was flaring out in an incorrect fashion. I am hoping that adding length will help that, but I don't know if that's enough to overcome the forcing-out by the thickness of the padding. Theoretically, closing up the slits at the hips would fix this; but Gold Charlie has those slits, so...no.
- Now, Gold Charlie also has a ton of additional tie points for hose, and if you tied your hose all around that would help drag the skirt down; but this also confuses me 'cause most men's hose designs I've seen only have a single attachment point in front, so I really am not clear WTF is going on here. I'm going to try at least attaching the two hose points we have a little lower on the body, and see if that makes a diff.
- It's also too loose around the hips, at that. Should be more form-fitting to match the imagery. I don't know how to make that happen without closing the slits, though.
- And then after these tasks I gotta re-hem it all. *drinks hemlock*
Oh, and I need to finish the linen test version too. Probably another 10-12 hours of quilting and a bit more cotton bowing, and then maybe 5 hours of assembly + 12 hours of eyelets.
 with occasional borrow-backs for competitions & displays