Don't worry about starting before September, Marcia. It's a sew-along, so the rules are far from hard and fast.
I spent today sewing. The whole day. This is amazing. The first day in, well, forever. It's because I didn't do my other work. But did I work on the autumn collection? No, I made a dress for my daughter for my sister's upcoming wedding (next Friday). I didn't finish the dress, but it is, in a word, awesome. It's made of gold and plum silk brocade, lined with plum silk organza. It has an inverted pleat in the front. I made organza bias strips, used them to cover piping cord, and piped the edges of the pleat, the sleeve edges, and the collar. And the best part -- I never read the pattern instructions. Couldn't! They're in Spanish and my Spanish is limited to airport travelling... Anyway it has been perfect and fun and engaging and I haven't made a mess of it. And my sewing machine stopped sewing in the middle of the whole thing. I took a deep breath, removed the cover they say you aren't to remove (NOT USER SERVICEABLE), and oiled the mechanism that makes the needle go up and down, via the little oil hole that was about the only thing I recognised in there. And then it started working great again. Did I mention the silk brocade has a big pattern repeat? Which I matched very perfectly? I am very proud of myself. And the best thing is, since it's for a little girl, no fitting issues and no feeling frumpy when I see myself. Grand. All sewing days should be like this. Well, bar the machine failure.
I can't post pictures right now because I dropped my camera on holiday and broke it and also my computer has had a fatal hard drive crash, so it no longer works. I'm using my husband's computer right now but I don't think he can easily download the pix from my phone. You'll just have to take my word for it, the thing is fab.
What remains is attaching the sleeves and hand slip-stitching the sleeve lining to the dress lining (there's probably a better way, but that's the way I know how to do it, and hey, I'm not using instructions), the hems (lining and shell), buttonholes and buttons. Oh yeah, and I have to attach some kind of decoration to the front. The original pattern has buttons, but I think I may do some organza rosettes or something. I can do anything, you know.
I hope you had that kind of day too.