At mom-made-you-a-new-garment-photo-session-time, Grace asked if she could pose "like they do in the magazines" (meaning pattern books). Unlike in some magazines, I try to photographs garments so you can actually see them. Although she spends no time reading sewing blogs, she's still seems keen on adding some interest to my photo taking.
This is a fairly simple a-line dress with Peter Pan collar, patch pockets in the front, and a back zip. It would have gone quicker if I hadn't cut the back on the fold (where the zipper and seam are supposed to be, you know?) That's probably my most frequent mistake.
I cut the back apart at the fold. Because I lost the amount of the seam allowance, I ended up cutting the neck hole larger because it was already pretty high. And I installed the zipper on a 1/4" seam allowance. It worked fine, whaddya know?
I used Timeless Treasures I Heart Linen pink floral. The line also comes with pink or blue robots (watch for robot dresses in the near future). I think the linen is meant for home dec, and it's a little scratchy. Hopefully it softens up in the wash.
Interestingly, the Japanese patterns (at the least few kids' ones I own) come in 10 cm increments between sizes. Burdastyle and Ottobre both put 6 cm between sizes. This dress is size 120cm, and Grace is 114 cm tall.
The dress pattern is #8 from Home Couture for Girl by Machiko Kayaki.
The illustrated instructions aren't as comprehensive in this book as they are in some of the others I've used. Some of the steps are illustrated, but there is no clearly marked order of construction to guide you. However, most - if not all - of the dresses in this book are quite simple. The construction diagram itself would be sufficient if you've sewn dresses before, or have access to a basic dress pattern for reference.