It actually came together quite easily... or perhaps I should say easier than I expected. :) I worked on it for an hour or two each day for about a week. Then it came time to do the buttonholes. I thought they'd be a piece of cake, but long story short, they weren't because the fabric was too thick. I found a dear woman locally who sewed them for me. And she didn't even charge me! She said she just wanted to encourage me to keep sewing. Coincidentally, we discovered that she was born in the same town as my grandmother (Detroit Lakes, MN). It's a small world!
When I sew, I often listen to podcasts. If you are at all interested in the accuracy and/or origins of the Gospels, I highly recommend this podcast. The FAQ is incredible. The panel included two Hebrew scholars from the University of Wisconsin as well as a historian. They discredited many of the common myths out there about the Bible. It was really affirming to hear scholars from a secular,liberal university defending the Gospels. It answered some questions that I have had and that I have heard raised by others. Loved it!