When my girls were young I made many similar versions of this dress; some with smocked bodice fronts and some plain.
As good luck would have it, I've come full circle and can make this style of dress for my daughters' daughter....lots of 'em too!
The petal sleeves on this dress are really sweet. They sure beat the puffed sleeves on the patterns I used to use for my girls. They were a bitch to iron. I even tried using a hot light bulb to press them from the inside.
Oh, and the lace trim on the sleeve edge that was de rigueur way back then was also a royal pain to iron without scorching or melting it.
These sleeves are truly much nicer, easier to iron and of course I added piping.
Instead of a big sash, which my daughter just loves, I've been experimenting with skinny belts. This one has thick cording running through and held by carriers stitched on the side.
I'll make a Fairy Tale dress with a big sash in due course but right now I'd like to experiment with skinny belts.
Normally, I make a tucked hem. This time around I actually hand stitched the hem and found the process rather cathartic. Maybe I should hand stitch hems more often.
The dress is size 5. It fits perfectly and it's part of her Back-to-school wardrobe.