I finished blocking the mini-dress yesterday.
I'm really happy with how it turned out, so much so that I'm pretty sure I'll make another (probably in a solid color) in the future. I think the only adjustments I'd make is to make it a bit longer so that I could wear it as a dress.
Meanwhile, I just set my Hanna cowl to block. Hopefully that straightens out the issues with the edging. Woo, blocking!