So - I usually don't included cheesecake shots, but this was the best way to show my progress. The waistband has been completed and attached to the bodice using a three-needle bind-off. The bodice had quite a few more stitches around its diameter than the waistband did, so there was a bit of mathematical effort involved here, and I probably did have my tongue stuck out while I was thinking a time or two. The two margaritas I had while I was joining these pieces didn't hurt, either.
I'm quite pleased with the resulting success. I have never made a garment that was so fitted before, and so structurally sound! I really dislike wearing things that require constant tugging or tweaking, and this will not fit into that category! This baby hugs the girls with the spirit of a support garment that even Jane Russell would be proud of.
I now need to chart and knit the sleeves - they will be the last pieces to be made using the machine. After the sleeves, I'll be on to the peplum, so I ought to start thinking about what that is going to look like.
Have a great weekend everyone!