What are you most proud of? I went very couture with this dress--lining, underlining, boned bodice, waist stay, horsehair hem, hand-stitched appliques around the hem, hand-picked zipper, and hand-piecing and stitching all of that lace on the bodice! I felt like this project really stretched me a lot, and I couldn't be happier with the results. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Allow plenty of time--the muslin stage alone took me 3 months!