Here it is, from the front, back, and side. I didn't realize until I saw the photos that the back of the neck sticks out a bit, even after adding back neck darts. But it's not too bad. The only execution problem I had was clipping a little too close to the collar corner on one side and having some threads come through when I flipped it. I wanted super-duper pointy points on my collar! I fixed the problem with a little Fray Check. The lining of this one is aqua cotton/poly batiste, similar to the color of the big dots in the pattern, and the buttons.
Today is also my birthday. I'm 38, and I think I'm reaching the age were birthdays are both good and bad! One part of me is all like "yay, presents!" and the other is going "how the $&%@! did this happen?" But I expect I'll have a nice day, regardless. My husband gave me my main present before my trip last week -- an iPhone 4, which was great for taking photos, playing games that ran a little too slow on my old iPhone 3G, and watching episodes of "What Not To Wear" in my hotel room.
My birthday also marks the two year anniversary of my really getting started sewing, as my sewing machine was my big birthday present of 2008. Having a decent sewing machine (mine is a Janome MemoryCraft 4900) made such a difference for me, as my previous forays into sewing involved plenty of time battling my crappy old machine, which couldn't maintain thread tension and was prone to thread snarls and half a dozen other nasty habits. I think now my basic sewing skills are pretty solid, and I hope to take on some new challenges in the coming year, both in terms of learning new techniques and starting to do a little design innovation. I have some fashion design textbooks, purchased from University of Texas' campus bookstore at the beginning of the year, but haven't made time to actually read them yet. But I think they'll be a useful resource for breaking new sewing ground.