This would have been a fairly simple dress had I inserted a zipper in the back, but in an effort to challenge myself, I put the closure in the neckline. I just tried to copy a dress that my younger daughter has instead of buying a pattern (which I really wish I had once I started).
And, oh my goodness, I felt the hand of God making this neckline, because I really didn't know what I was doing. I didn't know if it was going to work until the very last stitch came together. I was honestly shocked that it worked.
I am fairly confident in my sleeve making, though, so I made her the puffiest sleeves I could. (She inherited her love of puffed sleeves from Anne of Green Gables).
I need to step it up and purchase some drafting paper and pattern making tools, because I will have to reinvent the wheel if I ever make this dress again. But now onto simpler designs and splatter-paint fabric...
"I'm so glad that puffed sleeves are still fashionable. It did seem to me that I'd never get over it if they went out before I had a dress with them. I'd never have felt quite satisfied..." - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery