I at first put the corded eyelets on the very edge of my seam and drew the dress closed that way. However, because the cord was on the edge the tension from the lacings pulled, created an effect I did not want. As seen in the photo below.
To fix this I moved the eyelet cord inside more. I hope this will solve my problem, and prevent the tension from showing
My sleeves were a bit floppy when I finished them and I wasn’t quite sure how to fix it. Then I got some good advice to pin the puffs on the inside, so that is what I did. They now look a lot better 🙂
Finally finished the trim, which consists of three stripes that gradually get smaller towards the top.
For this entire project I have been unable to determine the reason for the weird fit of the bodice. At first I thought it wasn’t tight enough but that was not it so I kept searching. I finally came to the realization that I made the shoulder too wide. This was the cause of the constant falling off of the shoulder and the weird extra fabric around the bust. So, although I did not want/plan to, I added a seam to the back of the bodice.
Although the seam doesn’t look the best, nor had I planned for it, the dress looks and sits much better on my sisters figure so it’s not all that bad. These past few weeks I’ve learned so much, and had a lot of fun creating something different! Thank you to everyone that commented and helped me along the way 🙂