I made a few little changes from the pattern.
• The bodice pattern calls for 5 little pleats (meant to look like pintucks?). I skipped the middle pleat to leave room for 2 little vintage buttons (if you notice they're not exactly alike, but close enough). I also slipped some vintage lace in between pleats on either side. I wondered if the bodice would be too busy with buttons, pleats, lace, and ruffles, but it actually looked alright in the end. I'm such a go-getter.
I used a hair rubberband to make the loop--didn't quite get what the pattern wanted me to use.