I am really starting to like this!
I fixed the collar, raised the waist and set the sleeves.
I raised the waist by and inch, which means that I only lowered it by 1" instead of 2. I think that is looks more in proportion with the new waist.
I also straightened out the collar by shortening it on the side that was about 3/8" too long (how did I do that?!).
I am still not sure about the gold in the skirt, dh just thinks that it looks strange.
The sleeves are supposed to have gathers and thick bands, I am not sure if the will be long enough, or how it will look.
I also need to make the facing for the front and post pictures of how I am finishing that wonderful neckline.
I will post pictures as I progress...