I, too, am on the less is more bandwagon. I wouldn't add anything to the dress. I'd run red shoes by the bride. Also, though, will you have a bouquet? Some of the best executions of a red and black wedding that I've seen have had black dresses, black shoes, minimal red and/or black accessories, and striking red rose bouquets (potentially red roses in the hair). Just my $.02.
Oh, but, the dress is gorgeous! Go you!
(I suggest asking the bride about the red shoes because they tend to go a little more towards the punk/edgy look, and if she's going for red/black chic instead...you get the idea. It's Audrey Hepburn vs. Carrie Bradshaw...both gorgeous and sure to be emulated, but which one for this situation?)
Ditto on the elastic idea. Velcro + hair (especially fine baby hair) = unhappy camper. Also, to relieve your worries: it is just a triangle of fabric, long enough to wrap almost all the way around the head, with the point as far back as you want it to go (most usually to the base of the skull or 1-2" above). You could actually make a casing through the whole thing for the elastic (at the front hem)...depending on the stretchiness of your fabric, it might make it more comfortable/stay on better.
It is (at least in my experience) the type of material that's giving you a problem. Knits stretch the minute you pick them up. I don't think there's a formula for the situation (unless you find a pattern that's specifically for stretch fabrics, and includes a circle skirt), it's just trial and error. Good luck! (Oh, and there's always a use for the botched ones, I promise!)
I actually really like the look of dark furniture with pale blue and white. If you dress your bed in white, with blue accents, and put white lace runners over your dresser, end-tables, etc. it'll tone down the dark, and at the same time, make the white really stand out!
Heh...all of our apartments have been set up like that. I actually like it now, I put a clock, a calendar (if I have one for the year), and a pretty glass windchime a friend gifted me with (stuck to the underside of my cabinet). Very functional, pretty, and if any of it gets dirty (splashed) I can just wipe it down, and not stress. Four years of design school knocked any idea of faking a window right out of me, but I do like distressed window frames hung on a blank wall as art. My MIL (same set-up) installed a few hooks, and keeps her pretty dishtowels and trivets in that space.
Finally! you could tile it, if you have, or were wanting, a tiled backsplash. People sometimes do pretty decorative tiles behind their sink, like behind their stove, if they've got wall instead of window. (I used to work in a tile store--there are many options, especially if you're willing to do the work yourself!). Or now they've got those old fashioned stamped metal sheets you can put on a backsplash. I think Home Depot and Lowes has them.
The first thing to do is check and make sure that your search engine doesn't have a language filter, or if it does, that you don't have it on. It's usually in a menu called Tools or Options. This really ought to take care of the problem, as I find Japanese sites all the time (or used to, before I switched it to languages I know)--at least, I think they're Japanese...my computer won't display a kanji font. It just goes wonky. Good luck!
First, let me say that this is brilliant! Second, as to things I wish I'd known (since everyone else has more than covered nifty fun things to give and do), my stepmom is much older than I, and very, very old fashioned (Hello, 1953), so starting my period was not a fun nor open experience. I would have loved to have known that tampons wouldn't kill me, that there were such things as cloth pads and menstrual cups, and that Midol is, in fact, a godsend, and not a gateway drug. Also, that caffeine only makes me jittery when I'm menstruating, and that migraines are a part of PMS for some ladies, and not signs of an aneurysm. (Although they aren't standard, and should be checked out by a doctor, just in case.) I will say, though, that just knowing she's got an awesome big sister to whom she can go with any weird or icky questions is going to make it a much easier experience for your little sister! You rock!
I know you've already decided, but in case you start to waver: I'm making a skirt for a friend out of the silk essence, and it is a pain in the rear! Also, it's so light, I don't think it would go well at all with cotton. As a side note, though, the gingham dress is adorable! (The silk essence wouldn't hang like the gingham, either, and I think the drape of a slightly heavier fabric is very fitting for the style.)