Since, personally, I find that dresses are the most exciting thing to sew, I wanted to sew a fancy dress for a little girl. There is a girl at my church who is super cute, so I designed the dress with her in mind.
Before making this dress, I'd never worked with lace before, so I wanted to give it a try also. The lilac colour lace that I'd purchased came with a scalloped edge, so I did my best to preserve the scallop at the hemline and on the cuffs of the sleeves.
Since the lace is sheer, I used a cotton fabric, overlaid in silver, for the inner layer of the bodice and the skirt. I like the effect that was created by having some pieces of the lace lined with this silver fabric and leaving other pieces with no lining for more of a sheer look.
I found that sewing a dress for a little girl was not much different that sewing a regular dress. The best part though, was seeing her try on the dress for the first time. We went to a nearby park to have a little impromptu photo shoot and it seemed as if all of the sudden I had a professional little model on my hands!