here's where i am with it.. i'm going to do a bit more after posting this:
left the collar to do (it's ecru!) but finished both sleeves. notice the other day's pic vis a vis this one...the dreaded frog visited and stayed a day! aside from that, my brother arrived yesterday (sad that my sister-in-law could not come along) so overall very happy! will try and finish dress now. the trim, i dunno.. it's DMC Metallic #5270 which i could not find. i'll get a substitute instead!
Cindy, thanks for all the encouragement! I really love to hear your comments, lol I'd really love to hear more!