festus - that's simply crazy! but i'd be rigth there with you if i was that close.
i've got the bottom cut, using a dwr 1.1. the IX is sewn to the edges and the center is pinned and holding. i cut the top, hemmed the edges, about to pin/sew one side of the bottom to top and then pin the other and do a fit. my circumference is 105" right now. i made it a little large in the event i screwed something up. i will probably remove 5-10" off the top material. right now the top width is 45" while the bottom is 60". i'm more concerned about having the IX wrap up and around me, which is did on the first fitting.