Here you see the problem with making a dark blue wool gown: there's no way to take a picture of it and not have it look like a big dark blob.
Egad, and you can also see the mess that is my sewing enclave. (That bit of red? It's a wool half-circle hooded cloak I picked up at Goodwill for $9. And next to that is my pile of drafted patterns that I still need to make envelopes for.)
Anyway. Even though you can't tell from this picture, the gown is going great. Once I get the sleeves done and set in, it'll be time for the buttons. I am not looking forward to that, not one bit, but... *shrug*... I'll learn.