So as I was trying on the bodice one last time before pulling out the back gathering stitches, the knot I’d placed to tie off the front gathering stitches popped, releasing those gathers. Sigh. Not a huge deal, really, but frustrating. And perfectly illustrative of the problem I’ve been mulling about (see May 4 update)—so maybe it was a good thing? I’m going to go with that. This time after I resew those gathering stitches I’m going to staystitch them in place like a good girl!