So I managed to hold off for all of, oh, let’s say 10 minutes, before I cracked and made something for Hannah.
The pattern is Simplicity 3808, which fits from XXS to 18 months – I actually remembered to trace the pattern onto baking paper first, so I can still make bigger sizes later on – and I was sold on it the moment I saw the pleats in the front. And the buttons, and the contrast facings, but mostly the pleats.
The scalloped hem – optional – and the curved shoulder straps are a bit fiddly, but otherwise the sewing’s plain sailing (unless buttonholes worry you, but they’re really not as scary as they seem).
Picture of the whole dress after the jump.
It’s not really lighter (or that see-through) in the middle, that’s just where the facings finish. That’ll teach me to photograph with light streaming in from behind!