This is a new favorite pattern. Patty Young's Gretchen dress has a lot of pieces, but I think it is just adorable! The side ties and huge pockets sold me.
I used Heidi Grace's red poppy fabric and picked out a coordinating red scalloped design. I used Patty Young ribbon for embellishment on the bodice.
This version was for another niece for a Christmas present.
The purple has gold polka dots, and the brown has a little shimmer to it as well.
My niece complained that the sleeves were too poofy. That wasn't a problem for my daughter, so obviously it's just personal preference. The dress pattern gives options for a short sleeve, which might work better for my niece. The skirt also has a bubble-style skirt option. That's not really my style, so I'll stick with the full swirly skirt for the next one I make!