Yesterday I re-beaded the back bodice sections where I left the knots on the outside. It wasn't that hard, but trying to stitch without puckering after the shape's already cut out was a little nerve-wracking. See the shape near the center top where I removed the beads? Now stitch that without stretching it - yikes! This is the first time I felt that the dress was very fragile. I started having nightmares of things ripping when I sit down.
And here she is - minus beading at the bottom where I'll have to cut off the train - boo.
This pattern would make a gorgeous dress for a wedding or something where no one's going to step on the train...or spill vodka on it.
All that's left is to fell the seam (better get the pliers and leather thimble), sew the side seams, and bind the neckline and armholes.
What would you use for binding - the darker fabric, or the lighter? I'm leaning towards the darker, but I'm open to suggestions....and I've been thinking about beading options on the binding - may have to check out the Craftsy projects and Bianca's blog to get some ideas.