Wow, it looks like you are quite a seamstress. The bands around your neck, waist, and sleeves is perfect--- no puckering, just perfect straight lines. I have to say I am a beginner and was a little disappointed, although I read patterns very well and have had good luck with commercial patterns, I did not feel enough information was included for a beginner sewer. I thought they would have step by step video's of someone constructing it. Anyway congradulations on your excellent dress, if you can offer any advise on getting such perfect bands -- I would love it!!!