I spent all day working on my project. I think I'm about 3/4 of the way done. I encountered another cultural(?) difference about my sewing machine--it doesn't have a seam measurement guide. I'm accustomed to lining the edge of the fabric up with the grooves in the metal plate on the sewing machine to know how much of a seam I am sewing. In Japan, however, they apparently do not do this. Instead, they go to all the trouble to draw the seam line on the fabric, and then just follow the mark as they sew. Seems like a lot of extra work to me. I checked the sewing machine company's web page, and apparently they sell a pressure foot that has an extended bar with measurement grooves on it; I may have to hunt one down.
Now all I have left is to add sleeves and buttons. I've never done buttonholes before, so this should be interesting.
In other news, it has gotten chilly enough at night to use a blanket. I think that means fall has finally reached Kansai.