I got the black cotehardie done by the grace of God, and a friend who was willing to hem the last 1.5 feet of it while I set up someone’s vigil. Overall, I am happy with it (especially the body fit). The only real mistake I see to it is that in trimming the hem to even it, I forgot the fact that hips add more vertical lift from front and rear protrudence. So the side gores feel kinda short. I do, however, have some long strips of velvet left, and I may add some around the bottom to lengthen it and then re-hem.
Overall, though, I am happy with it. I think it will look good with the over gowns I have planned for it soon.