What are you most proud of? So far, I've been able to keep my entire materials budget under $25 (exclusive of the class, but that has been so valuable for me that I consider that an entirely different investment!). UPDATE: The horsehair and hem lace cost another $15. Still, everything together was less than $50 for the most excellent-feeling dress I've ever worn. Also, I've ripped stuff out and started over. I tend to want to get to the end result, so I rush through things and just live with stuff if it's wrong but you can't really tell, so that's a huge thing for me. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Go through everything ahead, assemble your materials and notions, ask a lot of questions, and trust both Susan's advice and your own logic.