I sewed the swatches together to get a feel for how I would sew the skirt to the bodice. I made a couple of different tries until I chose the method I will likely use. (this could still change!)
I took all the measurements from all the sources and put them on one page for easy comparison. I made another couple of sketches. I'm thinking of making the back bodice different from the front bodice to capitolize on the scallop-y shaped edge that the stitch pattern makes. I'll show you later.
At this point, many experienced garment designers would likely feel confident submitting the swatch and sketch to a buyer for consideration. This should ONLY be done if you feel CERTAIN that you can execute the plan competently. If you don't feel confident, then you need to keep going with the design until you feel that you can competently deliver what you promise in your submission.
This is a Cicada on Chief's nose. Yuck. We get an infestation of this bug, loud, stupid, slow bugs every year, some years are worse. This was an easy year. A few years ago, the 17 year Cicada cycle hit with a vengeance. They really do hit like a plague. I think this was the only one we saw this year. They don't bite, they are just a nuisance. They do "fertilize" the earth with themselves as they die off all summer.