To begin where I left off, I had just finished piecing together the top piece of the dress and finished the edge of the ruffle. My next step was to sew a bound seam on all unfinished arm hole seams and unfinished collar seam. In order to do that, I had to make my own biased tape. A good portion of this post will be a quick tutorial on how to sew your own biased tape/binding.
You can find and buy biased tape at any sewing/craft store and it comes in handy when you can match colors correctly and want to finish off a project quickly. My pattern called for standard 1/2" biased tape and I suppose they assumed that I would either (1)find black biased tape or (2)somehow procure the exact same patterned biased tape as my dress. But if you have ever quilted or just looked at packaged biased tape, you'd find that it's actually very easy to make.
Quick Tutorial on DIY Biased Tape
This is very simple to make on your own and creates refined looking garments when used for bound seams!