I finally cut into the taffeta and started on the Cindy Lou Whoo costume. Once I got started, it wasn't so bad. Of course, I had to cut the skirt pieces out twice because I didn't center the plaid properly the first time. But the zipper was much easier than I expected.
I've gotten as far as I can without doing a fitting. I still need to finish the waistband and attach a hook and eye. My friend wants a bib with straps to make the skirt into more of a jumper/pinafore. I'm going to make it and just pin it to the waistband for the time being.
The blouse is purchased. I'm going to add a "ribbon" of the plaid fabric to the cuff, with a bow. Then onto the lined cape with fur collar.
It looks a lot like a uniform right now. Hopefully that'll change. I'll be posting more as it goes along.