My dress is all done except for the hemming! (Excuse the lousy photos. I promise that I will post good ones after we get our wedding portraits taken.)
I spent a lot of time figuring out how to add lacing and a modesty panel (instead of the zipper the pattern called for). I got some very helpful suggestions from the advanced sewing community at livejournal, but I ultimately ended up using a pretty modern method for the lacing. I went to a bridal shop on Saturday (I'm the MOH for a wedding next July) and while I was there I spent some time looking at the interior construction of the gowns they had for sale, that had lacing. It turns out that it's quite easy to do! I didn't have my camera with me when I did this to my gown, so I'll make sure to add another post at some point describing how I did it. (The secret I discovered at the bridal shop? Two channels of boning in the modesty panel. Ah-ha!)
I'm not totally sold on the use of the ribbon to lace up the gown. It was just something I had lying around, that I used to make sure I'd done things correctly. I bought a more "rope-like" lacing yesterday at Joann's. However, my fiance really likes the way the ribbon looks, so I'm on the fence about what to do. Luckily, this is an easy thing to change at the last minute (well, easy for me, not so much for whichever poor family member ends up having to lace my gown on the day of the wedding).
Also, I found my something blue. Check out these flats from rocket-dog (heels were out of the question because we'll be standing on the grass). The fabric is kind of similar to the chantung silk of my gown.