Really lovely and classic hairstyle and makeup. Curly ends will definitely help balance out the pouf... but I am inclined to suggest only moderate pouf (might depend on the tiara), so that it doesn't make your slim face too long? For you, a simple style will really emphasize how naturally pretty you are, and will contrast nicely with a more detailed dress.
Otherwise, mascara is a must. And I kind of expect you've already got this covered, but I just wanted to mention maybe tweezing the outlying brow hairs?
I don't think it's weird at all. I think it's rather fantastic and I would want one of my own, since I also need a shoe rack, except I would need a doll-apartment complex... or a suburban block, at least.
Treacherous as it is, I think your only option if you want to preserve the existing waistband is to carefully work your way around the inside with your seam ripper (with the cutting every 3rd stitch or so method). The good news is that if you screw up, it's on the inside and entirely patchable (likely with fray check or iron-on adhesive action - LIGHT weight).
Then it's like flowerchild said with the opening/removing/replacing if necessary.
I think I spend more time taking things apart then I do sewing them back together, so while I know how time consuming it can be, it doesn't seem too painful to me. But maybe you feel differently : P
Good luck anyway, I know how frustrating it can be when you can't fix that new thing you bought and you didn't think it would be so hard but ARGH it doesn't work and then... oh I'm just babbling.
I just wanted to mention, re: loops for holding up the sleeves, that they [used to?] sell these things, which are little approx. 2" ribbons with those mini snap buttons on either end. You sew the one side on to the inside of your shoulder seam, so that when you put on your shirt, you snap the ribbon around your bra strap, keeping the strap hidden and your shirt in place.
Seems a tad easier to manage than those hanging loops (I use the side variety to keep my bra from showing but they always find a way out, argh!), although it would probably take a few extra minutes to make. Just wanted to suggest it because when I found said snappy loops in a box of random sewing notions, I thought they were fantabulous and I wished I had something to use them in.
well for the third one, I'd think cheap tank top + cheap short skirt. Figure out where you want the loops, fold the skirt vertically, RST, along those lines with the loops in place, sew. Attach to tank top. Lace. Or attach top + skirt, then figure out the loop placement. Replace/overlap straps and edging with braided fabric things. Very much like those corset t-shirt tutorials all over this place.
The pants should be pretty easy, since the fit is so untailored. If you got a straight [wide] leg pattern with the pockets and everything, and then just split your leg pieces down the center vertically (like where the pleat goes) OR just straigten and extend the side edges outwards, you'd be pretty much good to go, I think.
The dress I assume you like because of all that fabulous seaming, and I can't really help you with that. Really lovely though.
Not nearly as exciting as actual sequins, but maybe you could do paint dots or something instead, with sequin accents?
Unless your actual goal is to do the hand-sequinning. In which case, I suppose finding the sequins would be the hardest part, and then you'd want an embroidery hoop of some kind, and maybe a disappearing transfer pen, or transfer paper, or something of that nature to make the guidelines......
But if you were just talking about the dress, with some sort of pattern, then I'd go with some lightweight fabric and metallic [fabric] paint.
Keeping count is nice for the people that rock and get rocked accordingly - But there are an awful lot of sensitive people out there who have a hard enough time when they don't get as many or the gushy replies as they had hoped.
I'm of the "if you aren't prepared for criticism, don't ask for opinions" camp, but I know I've seen a few threads about people feeling ignored etc. because they didn't get enough of a response. I'm inclined to think finding out no one thinks you rock could generate a similar reaction.
As far as the bookmarking combo, in terms of clicks-required, you break even (1 to rock + 1 to bookmarking vs. 1 to rock + 1 to confirm) so I don't really think it's necessary, but it probably wouldn't be a negative either.
I too would love to know how much wire and what sort of gauges and support structure (if any) you used.
About a year ago I was desperately wanting to make a wire tree almost exactly like that, except 6-7' tall and with leaves cut out of different colors of clear plastic that were half wired on and half hanging off....
It never happened because I had no idea what gauges and amounts I would need, and I figured it would be end up expensive, and well, I'm unemployed, so "giant wire tree" wasn't high on my budget ; )
ANYWAY, that's a mighty fine tree you've got there : )