I love the idea of making my little girls dresses for their birthdays. I get very excited about it. I have lots of ideas. I have lots of ambitious ideas. I do not currently have the skills required to accomplish those ambitions. I can try. So I did, and this is the story of Simplicity pattern #7794 (ca. 1997).  This is a fine pattern. If you follow it. If you come up with a handful of hair-brained ideas to “improve” this pattern you will end up like me. You don’t want that. Now, while I could regale you with a long list of my no-so-brilliant ideas, instead I will leave you with the words Sarah used when she tried this dress on:

“I’m fancy!”

In my book that’s a noteworthy success.