This is the most amount of time I have spent with a sewing project in hand ever. I have a bruised tailbone from sitting and stitching. Worth every ache and pain I tell you. I have decided to leave off the spirals and the beads. I am a stay at home mom of three. I love the dress so much just as it is. I want to be able to wear it all the time. Not just on the rare occasion that Jon and I go on a date to someplace swirl dress worthy.
I have a little tip for you! If you ever need to make jersey binding like this dress calls for, make sure that when you iron your strips in half that you leave them to rest (cool) for several minutes before you move them. See this photo below...
The top strip has been left on the ironing board for several minutes. Seriously, I answered an email while it cooled. The second strip is one that I moved after I ironed the strip all the way to the end of my ironing board. I picked the strip up and moved it down to finish ironing the strip and it quickly splayed open.
It is worth the wait, as it is much easier to manage the binding of the dress if your strip looks like the first one.