It looks to me like this cake is covered in 4 different pieces of fondant:
A smooth finish for the chest of the dress and then trimmed.
Then a Piece for each sleeve: Start at the top and drape in waves toward the bottom.
Another piece for the length of the dress starting under the chest. Starting from left to right, drape it like the sleeves.
I would assume the lace is royal icing or something? Oh well, hope I helped
My 2 cents worth...probably worth less that that tho LOL... I think the lace and ribbons that come from the neck line are real. Not edible....
Looks like they tapered the cake, so that the skirt part tapered down to nothing....
Sorry times up!! That was my 2 cents worth LOL
Sent you a PM, but it hasn't been sent yet!!
I have a pattern for a christening cake that has a dress on it, if you would like
send me your email address and I will scan and send it to you.
Thank you ladies for all your help..
Laurakelly- I think i'm going to try the different parts to cover the cake.. That makes sense.
Sarsi- I agree with you the ribbon and lace look real not edible
Charmaine- Thanks For the template!
AI saw your post , can you send me your pattern for the christening gown.
Sorry for the late response, haven't been on CC of late, been too busy..
Do you still require the template for the dress?
Let me know via email if you don't mind....firstname.lastname@example.org and I
will send it to you...