My body hurts less and is more functional, I no longer have a sinus infection, so it's time to get sewing! I just finished cutting the striped velveteen :) It feels so lovely, looks fabulous even with the nap facing down (longer-wearing), and the needle slips through like butter. I'm online to check past fitting notes--so helpful!--and now will mark the darts.
I haven't cut the brown velvet trim yet. I know I want a strip down the front button band. Depending how that looks, I may trim the armholes and neck with velvet. Maybe velvet piping, if the velvet plays nicely. Though I'm leaning toward a more plain look.
The wrong side of the fabric is soft, but cotton, so I'm thinking of adding a lining. I may sew up a silk charmeuse slip instead. If I don't line, seam binding sounds like a nice way to finish the edges.