The problems I had making it were completely of my own making and caused by it being my first attempt at pattern-matching (less said about that the better), anyway, I sorted them out and am very happy with the final result.
I kept the original tabs, all centred with the little flower and with royal blue buttons. I was worried the buttons would be overwhelmed by the pattern, but again I am happy I stuck to my original plan.
Here I am with blue jeans and white jeans, the main items I will wear with this piece of clothing…
Because the fabric is pretty heavy, when handsewing, I used my thimble (which I have rarely used enough to get accomplished, much to my Mother’s chagrin), I think I am a thimble convert! It is especially useful, as I use open-ended needles made for people with eyesight problems, they are a godsend as they need no traditional threading, the thread is literally pulled down over the top and clicks into position. Sorry about the blurriness, it was the best I could do with the camera ‘phone 🙂