Because I was so short on time, I didn't get to do anything too cute with this dress. I wanted to do something cool with the sleeves, but maybe I can do that later. I also thought a belt would be fun, but again, maybe later. Wouldn't a collar be fun, too? I called my mom to see if she could make me one for Christmas.
To save time, I considered just machine gathering the back, but I really, really love the look of gauging (we practiced it in our Sewing Academy), but took the less time consuming route and went with shirring (zig-zag over two heavy strings, then pull it in).
I've put 24 buttons on this dress, but it needs one more. I sewed them on by hand, but totally cheated and did my buttonholes by machine.
I did my first hem by hand, but realized after trying it on (in the picture) that it's too short! Can you believe it?? I did lengthen it around an inch and a half, but my fingers hurt too much to hem it again by hand, so I just did it by machine.
It took around 8 hours, I think -- I kind of lost track after 4-5, though.
How the draw-cord looks on the inside. I'm having troubles with it slipping, so I just stuck a safety pin in the cord to hold it in place. You can see I didn't line the dress.
I love, love, this back.