Oh HELLO THIS WAS WAY MORE DIFFICULT THAN I HAD IMAGINED. This heavy, heavy, solidly beaded border is NOT EASY. It's just soooo muuuch beading on a verrrry larrrrge scale. We had already decided to avoid the border in the sleeves and finish the edges by piecing together lighter sections of lace, so that was totally easy, no prob, all done.
And I was able to use the heavy border along the waistline in both the skirt and bodice - it laid beautifully and made a lot of sense. THE NECKLINE, HOWEVER. When I tried using the border there, as originally planned, the entire thing looked super dated - like "Bob Mackie does Victorian" (not that I necessarily hate that, but there's a time and place, I guess, and if you're not going to pair it with a Cher headpiece, then what's the point?). I really had to play around to keep it modern, and admittedly, I was starting to go nuts, but I eventually opted to skip the border there altogether and cut beaded motifs out from the middle of the lace, placing them along the neckline to provide a bit more coverage on the chest, and winding them into the vines traveling up from the waistline. I think it looks really great on the form. We'll see how it plays on the body.
I still haven't figured out exactly what I'm doing along the waistline - I think it's best to see it all on the bride before moving forward with any final decisions. I'm hoping the solid beading will blend together fairly easily and the band of silk will cinch everything in and break it up a little bit and help balance the silk in the skirt with the sparkle up top.