A friend of mine has been watching Waimea a lot for me while I've been in school, and when I asked her what I could do for her in return, she requested a holiday dress for her daughter. I don't know why I didn't just pick a simple pattern and make it as directed, but I guess I needed to make my life even more challenging for some reason. The only request that she gave me was that it be red. I found this cute fabric and just had to get it. It has a bubble skirt, fully lined, waistband with ties, a ruffle along the top bodice, gathered shoulder straps, and a 3/4 length sleeve jacket in a velvety-feeling corduroy. To make it, I used Simplicity 2767 for the bubble skirt, integrated my own waistband, used McCall 6018 for the bodice, and added my own ruffle to the top of the bodice. Simplicity 2683 was used to make the jacket. Maybe it's a bit over-the-top, but it looks cute on her.
I had quite a bit of left-over fabric (I LOVE it when that happens), and had just enough to make another little dress for my niece:
I used Butterick 3782 to make it. I ironed and ironed it, but that crease at the bottom just won't come out. Hopefully it will with time.