In San Diego they were also selling these fabulously cute little dresses. I could see how easy these would be to make for anyone’s little princess, and being smaller would take lots less embroidery. It is just a yoke piece, lined to encase the sleeve ruffle, two skirt pieces, and some pockets. You could make the neckline big enough to fit over the head, or you could put a placket in the back skirt and buttons on the back yoke. If you had an embroidery machine, you would only need one motif and one border to produce a dress like the blue one above.
These dresses have a combination of hand and machine embroidery. The motifs are hand embroidered, and the borders are machine stitched.
This weekend my FIL turns 88. He is a lawyer and only retired from practice last year. I have to go find a recipe for a birthday cake, his favorite being chocolate cake with whipped cream icing, a preference that pleases everybody.