I've done this dress before, but this time I used larger flowers and placed them more concentrated towards the bottom. I actually didn't even use all of the flowers I had on hand.
One of the things we were being judged on was how many different techniques we used. So there are a lot of little details everywhere. The piped doiley (which broke in about a thousand places) The chocolate table. The boquet with a variety of flowers. Draped and quilted fondant on the purse. The string of beads around the neck are sugar.
The shoes were everyone's favorite. In fact I think I've discovered a secret. Every year the entry that wins the buttercream award has a shoe. I'll keep this in mind for next year. People don't know this, but shoes are not too hard, just time consuming.
Here's the floorboards made of fondant. The marbling technique I used for the wood is different than the marbling technique I used for the manequin top. The floor has long marbled lines, the manequin has more of a curvy marble look.
The next day we served this cake at a young womens fundraiser for our church. Because it was for the young women, I thought I would make it a little more modest and add sleves. I actually really like the look with sleves. If I had known this, I would have added them the night before, but when competing, I try not to do too much that is unknown.
And here's the back
Here I am with my 2 diligent (twin) assistants.
And here's all my booty. A Bosch mixer, a beautiful cake stand, and a large cupcake pan
And, in case you need more pictures, here is the bow side of the dress.
And the non-bow side of the dress.