So. I started this pattern over a week ago, using a linen-blend and polka dotted cotton from my stash, thinking this would be a test run. I had the dress put together over a couple of evenings. And then all production halted because I was not going to pay RETAIL for good chunky buttons. Seriously, I wasn't going to ruin a good stash-project with $10 buttons.
Three or four thrift shops later, I found just what I needed.
Heavens to Betsy. This turned out just adorable. I thought some contrast trim would punch it up a little as the linen was making it look much more like a costume than anything else, and I'm glad I had some of this around, since I didn't have enough of the linen to make the binding. (The dots are from her quilt, which is still in production, but waiting for a little more embroidery first.)
I also decided a pocket was in order. Little girls like to have a place for their acorns and leaves and pennies.
This dress is screaming for boots, don't you think?
Pattern notes: The fabric I used ended up being a bit bulky at the gathered spots and the 'blend' gives this a fairly heavy drape, so I'm honestly not sure how it will feel on. Also, there is a bunch of gathering and this tended to fray more than most, so be warned. If I were to use it again, I would zig-zag the edges of the gathered bits first, to reduce the fringiness and thread confusion... The directions are very easy to follow. The sugar city gals should be applauded for this sweet design. There are several variations, too... and I'm thinking a shirt version would be a fun quick project. Because I need something else to do, right?