My youngest child turned two in June and it was a great excuse to make this dress for her. Its the Oliver and S Birthday Party Dress.
this dress, which was the Fairytale Dress. I loved the instructions for the Fairytale dress but found the instructions on the Birthday Party Dress a little less thorough. For example there was one place on the construction of the back contrasting panels that made me think it wasn't finished enough, meaning that some of the seams weren't enclosed like I thought they would be. I really appreciate it when patterns tell me exactly when its time to finish a seam and move on to the next step. I made sure to serge all the edges of the insides in the hopes that it would reinforce the material and keep it nice and neat inside. Any of you who make clothes for your kids know just how much wear they get and how they can look pretty thready on the inside after so many washes. Also trying to get the pieces to line up perfectly around the center, pleated front panel was a bit of a challenge and then trying to get the pleats just perfect was kind of hard. I finally just picked a pretty good placement and went with it. As far as the bow in the front goes, if you make this dress for a young child you might want to tack it down since it will be repeatedly untied.