- use things I already had, if possible
- skip the commercial pattern thing
- let the girls have a say in what style they wanted
I had one yard pieces of cotton quilting fabric in pretty calicos that I made work for the younger girls, but I had to buy some for the oldest one. All these addicting blogs gave me the confidence to "wing it" with the patternless approach, too. But for my youngest, who is not yet 3, she would have asked for something ridiculous given the option.
I love the cute little flutter sleeves on this. When I sewed the top ruffle on, most of the front gathering came out, so I just let it go cause I was lazy.
She loved the pockets on her Leah tunic so much that I put pockets on the dress, too. And I added ruffles at the top.
It was very easy to sew up, so I may make another one and post a tutorial and pattern for it, too!