One fun detail I enjoyed adding to this dress was the gathers at the shoulders and the contrast bands.
The gathers were sewn on the machine, but the contrast bands were applied by hand.
Remember those buttonhole loops from Part 1? Here I insert them. I doubled each loop in half, and marked where they needed to line up on the fabric, then pinned then between the dress and facing and sewed straight down.
Voila! Once the loops were sewn, I could then mark and stitch in the buttons.
I did not continue the buttons down the skirt, but rather inserted a short zipper.
All that remained was to sew on the sash and...
One awesome, perfectly fitted sunddress!
I spent less than $10 on all of the materials for the dress, however it should be noted that I spent at least three full days working on it.