my fingers look like this:
Probably I should learn to use a thimble...
The red silk had to be backed, and I choose a black bourette I had on hand. This meant the left hand not only got scratched, but also black from the crocking bourette.
For the first gown, I did the appliqué before I attached the facings. Easier to work, harder to attach to the gown.
So, for the second gown, I first attached the facings, and did the appliqué afterwards. Much more unwieldy, but easier to match.
Total: more than five meters of gold lace appliqué, with a golden "rod" in the middle.
Now the gowns are done and delivered, and I'm hoping for "official" pictures soon...