So this post is very, very late... I made this dress for my birthday party over a year ago. We did a fun 1920s themed murder mystery.
The dress is a simple four piece design with a hem that comes to points, done in black satin. The designwork is dark gold and light gold spandex, actually (hard to get a good antique gold fabric). I cheater 'appliqued' it on by backing the pieces with heat-n-bond and then laying them out into the pattern, which is weaved in some places and otherwise meets up in points. There is a center front and center back seam as well as side seams that all required proper laying out of the pieces to align. The neckline is outside-faced with the gold fabric. The hem is trimmed with 12 inch gold fringe.
If I had to do it again... I would (now having the capability) use vinyl and my heatpress...
Still would need meticulous laying out, but not so much ironing! And it might lay a little smoother than the thicker applique (with the layer of heat-n-bond holding it together).