I was expecting the shawl to be an all-day project, but I estimate it didn't take more than about 20 minutes, 30 minutes tops. First, I measured the width around the arms where the top would go, using the bottom of the curtain as the top of my shawl (the sewing on the edges matches the real costume very closely). Then I measured how low I wanted it to reach. I measured 9 inches from each side on the bottom, then cut diagonally to reach the ends of the top. I put it under the needle with settings ofon the zigzag width to 5, and the stitch length to 1, hit the pedal, then stopped. It didn't work right for one thing, and for another, I hadn't used a practice piece. I got a scrap and the tension was way too low for that thin of fabric. I set the upper tension to 5, then tried again. Perfect. I had to start about an inch in, so I could pull from the back. It turned out very nicely--the thread matched perfectly and it was tight enough to make the edges slightly wavy. It's a little smaller than the real version, but that's okay; I don't think anyone else will notice.
Here are the pictures:
Now my break is over, and back to work with me. ACT's tomorrow. *gulp*