What are you most proud of? I think I'm most proud of my smocking and bead work and the fact that this is my own design and pattern. Both the smocking plate and the dress designs are my originals. What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you are going to wash the dresses after construction, serge all raw edges and wash the silk BEFORE construction. Even if you are going to have the silk dry-cleaned, serge all raw edges and dry-clean the silk before construction as well. Find a full bodice pattern that you like and improvise for the cumberbund. Practice pintucking to see how much fabric your machine uses when pintucking as each machine is just a little bit different. Make sure to pintuck along the cross-wise grain on silk; it's easier.