What are you most proud of? That my daughter's friend got a dress she was pleased with. What advice would you give someone starting this project? What a learning curve both she and I had. We had to find out where her mental image crossed what she really wanted and what I could actually do. Lessons learned: 1. Talk up front about what is not possible. For instance, a boned bodice simply was not going to be in my skill set for this friend. I succeeded in this. 2. Stay away from polyester taffeta, organza and inexpensive lace. They are extremely difficult to work with. Try to address cost concerns with alternative dress styles using less fabric. I was not successful in this regard. 3. Learn more and practice more in fitting. I finally adjusted the bust line, but never did get a super good fit on the sway back. 4. Once you give the girl the dress, remove yourself from the equation. If she wants to cinch a purchased belt around your hard-won smooth waist band, let it be. 5. Give great appreciation to Barbara Deckert (plus size fitting and design) and Alison Smith (lace class) for their expertise and their patience.