Simplicity 2912 (Out of Print)I've made this dress once before (last summer) and Little Miss Princess requested another one, since she loves it soooooo much. Nothing like watching a little girl spin, skip, and twirl around the house! I had the fabric all cut out before we left on vacation, and since I've made it before, it went together really, really fast.
I omitted the little fabric flowers (end of the neck ties and on tie belt), and made the ties my own way. I just stitched them in half (lengthwise) right sides together, turned them right side out, and topstitched the edges.As soon as she tried it on, she asked to keep it on for 5 minutes longer, then checked herself out in the mirror and declared, "I look spectacular in this dress!". Such a girl....
The fabrics are both cottons from Joann's, the blue was on a 60% off table after the 4th of July (aside from being red, white, and blue, it isn't actually "patriotic"), so this dress cost under $10. No zippers or buttons, just a short band of elastic at the top of the back skirt. The pattern included sizes 3 - 8, but I cut the 4 last summer (dummy me, I should've copied it). She wears a 6 in RTW, so I'm pretty surprised the 4 still fits (it could be a little longer in the bodice, but the neck ties allow for that adjustment).
She's happy, so it's a success in my book!