Remember the puckering problem on the crazy brown gown? The gown closes not with pins or a stomacher, it's front lacing (even though it has robings)--which caused an ugly pucker.
A detailed image of the pucker problem, courtesy Kitty Calash.
I added two boning channels, one on each side of the eyelets to add strength.
I sewed the boning channel on top of the lining.
One would think that four layers of fabric would be enough to minimize puckering, but it wasn't.
Lastly I wanted to share my new found favorite thread brand: Mettler. I discovered this cotton thread at my local quilting store and found that it was wonderful for hand sewing.