It is even prettier in person, as the metallic details are more evident. I highly recommend the lace. In addition to being quite beautiful, there appears to be no right or wrong side to it, which made it easy to match. I was pleased with how nice the pattern matched in the back.
Since I was running about a week behind, Stephanie made the necklace, which turned out quite similar to the inspiration piece (Breakfast at Tiffany's).
We took pictures all over town, apparently that is the tradition here. It seems we spent more time taking pictures than she spent at the actual dance. It is much more of a "red carpet" dress than a party dress, anyway.
I managed to finish the last few stitches 20 minutes before departure, with just enough time for a final pressing. The second batch of silk dyed quite nicely, and matched the first batch perfectly. The underlining is a 12 mm crepe de chine, and the lining is 8 mm silk habotai. Together, they are the perfect combination of opacity.
The pattern (Butterick 4343) is a keeper. It's a classic design, and fairly easy to sew. It comes with options for a short version, as well as a one-shouldered version.
The lace was Gorgeous Fabrics blue/silver Chantilly lace; the silk lining and underlining were both from Dharma Trading, custom dyed by yours truly. I enjoyed the entire process, and am looking forward to trying some more "dye jobs." Now that I'm comfortable with the process, there are many creative options available.