Hi Laura - I hand sewed the fabric to the frame for the parasol. It ended up going pretty fast. I just did invisible stitches between the two folded over edges. Can't wait to see your finished costume! I'm really curious to see your peace ball too! Edit: speaking of Amidala's gowns - I was in a fabric store the other day getting non-costume stuff. They're having this big sale, and their velvet is on for 50% off, so $10 a metre. I can't stop thinking that I should get it and re-do my Return to Naboo overcoat.... Oh no! I've succumbed to the "I can always make it better" zone! But really, how could I pass up velvet for $10 a metre??!?!!?