Well, after recutting several pieces of the front, I figured out what was bothering my eye: the right sleeve. It was just. Too. Much. I recut it with less flower and no yellow and like it so much better! Here, the darts have been sewn but not pressed. After another try-on I discovered that the lower back needs to be taken in a bit.
In my stash I found a bolt of lightweight cotton pique that I bought for very little on Ebay awhile ago. I think I paid $40 for the entire bolt! It would be a good weight for summer PJs or a tailored shirt – very thin. It is perfect for the piping and binding.
I picked up some 3/32″ cord from JoAnn’s home dec department. It’s much more delicate than the standard 5/32″. Unfortunately, they only had the twisted cord but it looks okay. I prefer the beige untwisted cord because it’s much smoother but the smallest size they had was 5/32″. Since the cord is 100% cotton and the fabric had not been preshrunk, I made my piping and cut and joined my bias binding before putting everything into a lingerie bag in the washer and dryer.
Notice that I’m not using a welting foot. I have a whole collection of them but find that the zip foot on my commercial machine (this is my beloved Consew 105) works just great.