I was actually doing housework and sewing (I've got to finish the Halloween costume!) so I let myself become distracted from posting.
I did want to add a link to a trick that I will have to do a tutorial for later because this is the best sewing trick I have found to make gathering fabric so much easier...
It worked beautifully. When the costume is done I'll come back and show those of you do don't get it without seeing it just what the tip says.