This dress is so easy to put together because you don’t have to gather a wide skirt. The skirt, in addition, is nice and twirly and would please any little girl. I didn’t have a zipper the right color, so I changed the back closing to a placket and buttons. I needed to have a wide overlap to make the buttons work, so I decided to make the overlap on the outside and make it decorative.
Next time I make this pattern I will try the zipper up the back because that would be a lot easier. This dress also cost nothing since my sister-in-law gave me the fabric last week, and everything else was from the stash. This is a size 5, and I think you could get this dress out of less than 1 1/2 yards of fabric, especially if you use a different fabric for the bodice lining. I have several lengths of cute fabric I may make up for my niece since stash reduction is a goal this year.
The little girl’s dad says she is picky about the colors she wears and will wear anything as long as it is pink or purple, so I told him to stress that this is a Forest Princess Dress and to get her to demonstrate the twirly skirt. That should win her over. I hope so, because this color will look fabulous with her beautiful red hair.
This is an unusually cold and wet spring, so we haven’t gotten the yard cleaned up yet. That doesn’t stop it from being really pretty out back in a wild sort of way: