What are you most proud of? The couture details. This is becoming my standard mode of operation when sewing, and the difference is amazing. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Fit the bodice carefully. The straps across the back were not permanently sewn in until the final fitting (2 days before the wedding). The neckline as well as the curved seams are stayed with silk-organza selvage. It holds things in place beautifully without adding bulk. Once again, I'm finding the hand-sewing to be the most rewarding part of any sewing project.