What are you most proud of? I traded the full gathered skirt on the pattern for the one I used in the couture class. Not a big deal for some of you smart sew girls but huge for me to have the confidence and ability to make that work. Who needs all that gathered bulk around your waist anyway. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Here is my list of improvements 1. I found tracing the size smaller lines on the pattern made a great start for my sewing lines. No marking in 5/8 on the pattern saved time and was more accurate. 2. I purchased heavier muslin that gave me a more structured piece to work with and fit. Really helped and gave me much better results. 3. I cant lie I sewed the underpinning on that big old skirt with the machine this time. It turned out great. 4. I still struggle with what to use for a lining. I like cotton and can't get over spending more on a silk lining then fashion fabric. However, I used broadcloth this time and its not so great.