Today I had the opportunity to take a few hours from work during the middle of the day, so I went home and worked on Kwik Sew 2565 for the SWAP. My first (and so far, only) garment is now complete!
I used Wash Away Wonder Tape* to hold the hems in place while double-needle stitching with wooly nylon in the bobbin. It worked great to hold everything in place. It also performed a slight stabilizing function. It can be sewn through, and it washes out, too! I'll definitely use this stuff again.
OK, I think I'm officially back on the horse with the successful completion of this project. I have my work cut out for me but I hope I can make a lot of progress in the next few weeks until April.
*ETA: The full name of this notion is Wash Away Wonder Tape. The manufacturer is WH Collins, Inc., which appears to be part of Dritz. I'm not sure where I got it. In addition to Joann's and Hancock's in Albuquerque, Ann Silva's Bernina is another store where I often buy sewing notions. HTH!