The embroidery is kind of random, but that's what they chose. Miranda's has two little dogs snuggling in a bed with a fox looking up at them. Ivy's has lions on the bodice, and cats on the skirt, the cats are supposed to be our own cats, Bella, Pip and Yoko.
The leg on the lioness turned out kind of strange, I don't think it's possible to actually sit like that. I do better with outline embroidery, this is rather wonky.
I can never figure out how to put a hem into something like an a-line dress with a curved hem. I know it has something to do with easing it, but mine come out bulky and don't hang right. So I always just edge them with bias tape, which works pretty well.
Ivy's ties in the back with a ribbon sash. This is one of my favorite styles of dresses because if I make a deep hem, she can wear them for several years.