Then sew braid over to cover the stitching and raw edges.
To make the little split in the front of the collar, draw slanted lines starting 1/4" from the center line at the top of the collar that tapers to the center line at the bottom.
Since the spacing between motifs is 6" I want to take out 3" at each scallop point. So, I've made a kind of negative pattern piece for a long dart, that allows for a 1/2" seam. The pattern piece is 2" wide at the top tapering to nothing. I want the dart to stop a few inches above those flowers.
Tomorrow, I start the cape and hat to go with this dress.