And here's a project that only took me two hours:
I shouldn't have been in quite such a rush: I forgot to top stitch the neckline before turning it in and stitching it down: it does gape a bit. I can still do that now, not a problem.
This is the same pattern as the grey damask top, only longer. My changes: I lengthened the sleeves by extending the line from the shoulder (a touch at the bottom as well) - this changed the angle that the sleeve seams sit at. Much better!
The sleeve seams are unfortunately rather stiff from turning the hems in twice - this linen is stiffer than I expected. They look as if I sewed in some embroidery hoops! I plan on forming an inverted pleat at the top seam: hold it down with a couple of press studs and add a pretty button to the outside. That should do it.
I will report on my progress.
I could wear it, that was the main thing for me. A real feeling of achievement that will motivate me to carry on dressmaking! Bliss!