First off, I knew I would modify: I started with two layers of ruffles around the neck, and boy am I glad I stopped there, because with the way I put it all together, any more layers would have made this seam too thick. Also, I did not add ruffles to the armholes, mainly because I am envisioning this as a fall/winter dress to be worn with a cardigan, which would constantly hide those ruffles, and perhaps even make things bulky looking. I compensated on the ruffle quota by adding two rows on the bottom.
My price: $8. This is as close to success as I'm going to get--and I like it! I'm thinking of something fun, like red tights, or maybe even polka dots?
Here's to trying something new!