I finished it. It's a Super Bowl Sunday miracle. With all the UFOs on my to-do list, I don't know what made me start and finish this project in less than two days. Maybe it's a last ditch effort to get stuff done before we move. Anyway... Here it is. I love this fabric on Afton. And Afton genuinely looked like she was excited to wear it. Especially the black velvety shirt I made for her.
I used Simplicity 2991 as a template for the back bodice of the dress, and for the sleeve cap of the shirt.
I'm happy with it. She's happy with it. The end.