I felt a bit too much like Babette from Beauty and the Beast so this got put aside too. Perhaps a change to the top? Fewer seams?
I guessed on the train and it works. My favorite part of the train is that when it's bustled, it just tucks up under the second pleated tier so I don't have a mass of fabric hanging from my rear end or trailing closely behind me like my dog does when he inevitably wants to go out in a blizzard. I need to tweak the bodice just a bit so that it's cleanly pleated like the JCrew top but otherwise, this one's a go.
I was in NYC last week for some interviews and by some crazy stroke of good luck the company put me up in a hotel in the garment district. Score! There were fabric shops within steps of my door so I had to check them out, including the famed Mood. One of these holes in the wall had beautiful silk taffeta. I talked them down on price and snapped up 8 yards. My sister then dropped by with her serger for me to borrow. So to sum up that trip, I don't know if I got the job but I left with wedding dress fabric and the nifty serger - a prosperous trip one way or the other!