I was frustrated beyond belief to get the #$%^ing thing finished and then end up hanging it in the closet and never wearing it because I didn't like how it turned out. But Jay suggested that I could do something Inverness style so that it became the top of something longer. The more I think about that, the more the idea grows on me. Silkbaron.com has some 60" dupioni in a luscious colour called black cherry that I may need to get a swatch of. Or perhaps a forest green. Matching blacks would be crazy making but a contrasting colour (especially with continuing the black soutache trim) might be striking. Note to self: do some research to see if mixing colours like that was ever done.
1) my pattern drafting is rustier than I thought.
2) handsewing takes longer than I expect (and should be done in daylight if at all possible)
3) Cheap silk dupioni looks striped. Don't buy cheap dupioni.