Next was selecting the fabric. We opted for a good quality suiting, that had a lovely drape, wouldn't crease, and has a velvety sheen. It looks very elegant without being all shiny like satin. The photos don't quite capture it, and it is darker than it looks in the pics.
The invisible zip in place.
And here's the front section all sewn into place! A bit more hand sewing along the back neckline. I have decided, that rather than twist the front and back drapes as the pattern instructs, to sew a loop and draw them through that instead. I also changed the left shoulder slightly as well to eliminate bulk under the clips.
Can't finish the hem until we buy the shoes to wear with it!