Thank you for all your lovely comments on the first two little dresses. So here is my progress:-
Alana's dress - Done
Ella's dress- Done
Esme's dress - Done (just needs to be fitted).
Here is dress number three to add to the collection BurdaStyle 02/2012-142 for Mike's Niece Esme who will be 11 years old in August.
I wanted to have something similar to the little ones but just that little bit older looking and this little dress fitted the bill perfectly. As you can see the dresses are quite similar, however the skirt has not got the same fullness as the little dresses, but still has the benefit of an organza interlining on all pattern pieces and a gathered tulle skirt attached to the waist sandwiched between the interlining and the lining. The shoulder seams are quite narrow and the neckline is a slight boat shape.
The waist tie for this dress is a simple 2" wide belt, made from the crepe backed satin used for the little dress cummerbunds but I added a jewel encrusted tulle for the centre section to add a little bit of bling. Unlike the cummerbunds I didn't add any organza because I didn't think Esme would like the large bow, however if at her fitting she would prefer that look, then it will not be a problem to run up another one.
Fingers crossed, that Esme's measurements haven't changed since I measured her a few weeks back and this dress fits her ok, otherwise I'll be doing a lot of unpicking :-(