So, here is the dress that I made Melissa, my girlfriend, for Christmas (that's me on the right).
I used a black taffeta underlay with a hand-dyed lace on top. Both are darted on the sides and bottom for a fitted look. For the skirt, I knife pleated it and added a black band in the middle. I think it turned out great. Melissa was initially going to premier the dress on New Year's eve but she fell ill and we had to stay in. I hope to have this dress in my store along with some new things such as more scarfs, skirts, and dresses.