I even found a black buckle on clearance similar to the one in the original Coeur a la Creme dress.
As you can guess by the title of this post, it did not work out. I have not finished making this, but am abandoning the project as I don't know how to fix the problems. I was way to ambitious. Here's my unfinished version:
I followed an online tutorial to make the heart cut out, but I placed the heart too close too the edge. This was very problematic when trying to turn it inside out. Also, I should've used a heart that had sharper angles -if that makes sense- because it kind of looks like an oval instead of a heart:
Additionally, the fit of this pattern is very...umm...odd. I'm daunted just thinking about all the alterations I would have to do to make this work. I picked the right size for the bust through the hem; however, the clavicle area is too big. It doesn't lie flat so the heart is a bunched up messed:
So I didn't get to enter the contest after all.... :(