This top I learned that if your thread matches too closely, its impossible to see where you're at without sticking your nose practically under the needle. I meandered the entire top with feathers and made sure to not do any rows. I'm happy with how it turned out and since the thread does match so nicely, where I wasn't perfect isn't noticeable.
and the back...which really doesn't show much. I used a So Fine! taupe thread.