I am so daunted by this project that I am paralyzed. Making a high-quality ballgown is a complex and time-consuming process, and I haven't sewn anything in a year. I know what I want to do, but I'm just not up to cutting out and sewing together all the different shapes and pieces. I want something nearly instant. People ask why good dresses are so expensive -- well, there's the time spent thinking out the design, the costs of quality materials, the time spent cutting and sewing and fitting, all the finish work, and then the stoning. It takes time, a lot of time.
I think I need to ease back into sewing by doing something smaller first, as badly as I want a new ballgown -- and as badly as I am going to need one come June.
Sorry for anyone expecting to see an interesting project, I'm just crumbling here.