What are you most proud of? It's my first balanced dart! Instead of spiral steel boning or rigeline, horsehair was used since it was the right stiffness for the drape of the fabric. It adds lovely structure without being too rigid; experimenting with non traditional materials is an interesting learning experience; this idea is from Linda Maynard's Vogue's peplum class. This dress originally had spiral steel boning, but I'm a partial planner and partially a fluid organic dress producer, coming up with different ideas and changing them as the dress is being built. What advice would you give someone starting this project? The process of dressmaking becomes easier and quicker as you gain more experience and have collected projects under your belt. Also, the best needles really do make a difference. I used "Japanese needles" for all my previous projects, but after listening to a Savile Row tailor and purchasing his recommended English needles, my hand sewing sped up exponentially - English needles have become my go-to needle now.