Just in case anyone is wondering, I am still working on the dress as time permits. Unfortunately is not permitting very much :( as I have taken on the opportunity to lecture a tourism class at the local university as well as my full time job. Great opportunity but sewing time is suffering a little.
I am still appliquing bits on to the skirt and have probably done another 15 hours or so....and still it goes on. I think all of the black sections are done now (other than inside the small loops) and am working my way through the gold motifs.