I had this idea for how to make a "princess" dress out of the Geranium dress pattern. I was originally considering some of my heirloom 70s patterns - long dresses with pinafores (Holly Hobbie!), but realized my idea wasn't that far off from the Geranium pattern. It has good bones. I wanted something that was not precious, but also not flimsy and not itchy.
The only critique from the 5 year old is that it could be twirlier. However, she's planning to wear it to school tomorrow.
Materials: Made By Rae Geranium dress pattern (now available in larger sizes). 2 yd of Kona Cotton (quite a bit of cotton left over), 1 yd of 54" coordinating tulle ( I would get a half-yard more, though, next time). 1 yard of rosette trim. 1 largish package of ribbon roses. 2 buttons.
I went with the flutter sleeve/gathered skirt combination.
Sewing with the tulle was like sewing jelly fish. Not for the faint of heart. It was nearly invisible and flippy and stretchy. (blech). I used two layers of tulle for each flutter sleeve, the gathering stitch sews it together.
I cut out enough tulle skirt pieces to make 2 layers of tulle. Next time, I would figure out how to cut it so that the only seam for that is the back seam - it's a wide enough bolt that this is a feasible idea.
I followed the regular directions for the cotton skirt layer. For the tulle layer, I made it so that the side seams were both right sides out, then sewed them all together for the back seam. I basted the three layers together to do the gathering. The rest of the assembling was per the pattern.
This is what it looked like pre-trim. It was looking a little Mother of the Brideish to me (potentially lovely and tasteful when you are actually a parent of someone in the wedding party. Not cute when you are 5).
I hand-sewed the rosette ribbon (it's on a mesh backing). It camouflages my somewhat-wonky gathering. My thread didn't exactly match, so it seemed like the best bet. Hand-sewed the ribbon roses on too. You could get them in all one color, but I liked the rainbow potential.