I started by sewing the sleeves into the armholes, even though the pattern says to seam the sides first. I think this makes it harder to the set the sleeves in properly, so I ignored the instructions. After seaming the first sleeve, I realized I had done it completely wrong. The sleeve is supposed to be puffy (DUH) and only be about 1 1/2 long. I set it in so the sleeve was about 5" long and not puffy. I freaked out, thinking the sleeve pattern was incorrect, but then I realized that I needed to make much bigger pleats.
So far, so good. Then I started seaming the sides. Reverse stockinette. Ugh. I did the first side on Monday and it came out really crappy - all bumpy and uneven. Yesterday, I found this helpful website with a simple technique for seaming reverse stockinette. It also works for garter stitch.
I started the second side seam using this technique and I think it looks OK so far. It even stretched flatter when I tried it on.
Then, on to the crochet. I am not a very good crocheter. I only do it when I have to, and not only does this pattern call for regular crochet, it calls for something crazy called reverse single crochet (rev sc). What? I looked at the instructions and Googled and realized it's kind of the equivalent to knitting through the back loop. It's also called crab stitch. So, I started rev sc on the sleeve border.
I couldn't get it to stop curling in, so I started with a round of single crochet and then worked the reverse sc. I think it turned out close enough to what the pattern looks like in the magazine.
Tonight: Finish seaming side, re-do first crappy side seam. Work crochet border on second sleeve. If time permits, move on to the body crochet, which involves making button holes . . . . yikes. Maybe an FO post by the weekend?