For this month's Minerva project, I made my daughter a dress as a present for her sixth birthday. She has acquired my love of pretty dresses, and, like many little girls, loves to twirl around and around in them!

 

For the pattern, I chose New Look Pattern 6202.  I knew she would love the full circle skirt for maximum twirl effect! Although I used just one fabric this time, I like the way you can use co-ordinating fabrics to make a truly unique dress. It also could be very handy for scrap-busting if you wanted different fabrics for different skirt panels!

 

I traced an age 6, and it is currently a bit on the loose side. Not too loose to wear; just plenty of growing room! This is quite pleasing because of course it means that she will get more wear out of it. The design of the dress has a few unusual elements for a child's dress, such as straps at the back even though the front is one piece, a side lapped zip, a front facing instead of a lining, and an elasticated back bodice. However, the construction of the dress was relatively quick and easy.

 

The Fabric is just beautiful.  It's Liberty's 'Carline' print poplin - hot pink roses on an ivory background - and, because it is 60" wide, you can do a lot with a little!  I am hoping I can squeeze a little extra something out of the leftovers!

 

My daughter loves the dress, and has asked if she can wear it to a wedding we are attending in April.  Hopefully it will be a little warmer by then, but I'd like to get her a little pink cardigan to match.

 

Thank you to Minerva for supplying the fabric, pattern, zip and thread!