I finished it, after the glass of wine, and amazingly there were no sewing disasters, and I did not even stay up late.
I whinged to my entire household yesterday evening, and they obviously felt that I would be unbearable should I fail to finish the SWAP (although they kindly refrained from telling me this)and my husband cleaned up the kitchen after dinner so that I could sew.
I hope you are all jealous :).Those of you with domestically inclined husbands can just keep quiet :).
He then asked me to sew him a cycling cap. I will think about it.
My stripe matching is not perfect, but there are bits with which I am pleased.
I have more stripe matching photos, but even I am not finding them terribly interesting, so I imagine that they are deadly dull for other people.
I changed a few things about this blouse, mostly following an article in Australian Stitches by Maree Pidgeon, shirt maker extraordinaire. I had used the collar and front neck from this pattern (Vogue 8322) for an earlier blouse in the SWAP list, and was disappointed that the chest opening was narrow, and the supposed-to-be-standing collar much more wide and high, than shown in the pattern envelope illustration and technical drawing. Maree's article demonstrates widening the opening at the upper chest and shortening the collar by 1.5cm, and both narrows the collar and reshapes the end to make them more rounded (and just like the pattern illustration on the envelope) Bad Vogue!
The use of bias panels for the front and back sides is also Maree's idea. Her version also has piping and extra long contrast buttonholes, but I felt the fabric I used (Michael's Fabrics lightweight cotton twill) is sufficiently busy without further embellishment. The short sleeve and bias finish on the sleeves are my idea. The other alteration to the pattern is a princess seam small bust alteration, otherwise this is a straight size 8. I am happy with the fit.
My daughter really likes this blouse. I feel much better about SWAP today. Thanks for the kind comments following yesterday's rant.