Still undecided about the neckline on this, but have pushed on regardless.
The flounce edges were finished in the way suggested by the pattern instructions, turning over a small hem and edge stitching, trimming away close to the stitching and folding and stitching again. It ends up about 3mm wide, but not as soft and fluid as I’d like it to be. Other possible finishes would be rolled hem, hand rolled hem, decorative edge with satin stitch or something similar. In some fabrics, and to get a casual look, you could probably leave the edge unfinished, which would at least be soft.
The front panel is in, and gathered at the top. The shoulder seams are stitched, and I put the sleeves in shirt sleeve fashion, that is with the garment flat. The pattern gives instructions for set in sleeve. I made the opening in the sleeve end with a facing, not a placket, as given in the instructions. All for speed, as is finishing the seams with pinking shears. (I’m not sure if this is going to get any use or not when its made and don’t want to spend too much time). The pattern finishes the sleeve end with a tie – which looks right with the style, but dangling tie ends on a sleeve? This is how the right side is looking now.
Left to do – something by way of a cuff, if not the ties, hem, something to fill the neckline in a bit.