More progress on the Pearl! Actually I've progressed further than this today but am too tired to finish the update... forgive me.
#7. Press seams toward lining.
#8. With bodice right side out, understitch lining keeping the stitches as close to the seam as possible. Clip curves as needed. Press neckline.
#9. Pin neckline as well as sides and bottom of lining.
#10. With a scant 1/4" seam allowance, stitch casing at neckline. Following markings stitch drawstring casing lines at waist. Baste sides and armhole.
#11. With wrong sides together baste together bodice back lining and fashion fabric. (I used a basting spray.)
#12. Pin, stitch and press side back to back.
#13. Finish top edge of back skirt (with a zig-zag stitch). Run gathering stiches (I like to use three).
#14. Gather skirt back to fit back bodice. Pin, stitch, press.
Again to be continued...