Of course I couldn't deny my niece a beautiful dress so the hunt for a pattern, that looked kinda like this, that was within my limited sewing abilities, was on.
While not quite the same sophistication the Abby Dress from Sew Sweet Patterns seemed to fit the bill, and a quick PDF purchase pattern made it very easy for an instant start.
With some Etsy hunting, text messaging and FB web site linking, she picked a fabric she like, added some more lace and ditched the beads (might be over kill with the lace). They will all hopefully arrive from the US with enough time for me to make the dress.
I chose some Amy Butler 'Love' fabric from my stash to give the pattern and sizing a test run.
The dress came together quite smoothly. The pattern is quite easy to follow although the busy fabrics used in the photos make it difficult to see exactly where to sew. I made a few errors using the unpicker a few times but it is sitting quite flat and looks like it will hopefully be a good fit. Sewing in a size 12-18 months can be quite tricky on the small pieces!
SYST count is down another 3FQ's !!