What are you most proud of? I made this to wear to my daughter's wedding. I think I am mostly relieved that I pulled it off. Fitting is always a struggle so I learned to draft my own patterns. I did not have enough brocade to make a dress, so I made an Empire Waist straight skirt with a princess seam bodice. I tried to mke it look like a blouse tucked into a skirt. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Brocade is thick, so make bigger seam allowances. I had to let mine out because I did not allow enough for turn of cloth. It was tighter than I would have liked, but I am not used to wearing closely tailored women's clothing. I got used to it and it felt good by the end of the night.