OK. First things first. I haven't used a sewing machine since I was in yr 8, and it caused me a lot of pain - but I WAS in a textiles class with a teacher I didn't like, trying to meet deadlines and getting stressed.
Now I want to do a little sewing. Well, a LOT of sewing actually. I want to make myself a rather girly dress....I'm pretty determined to do it, and although I'm not really skilled I think at a stretch I'll work something out.
I've drawn some not so good sketches for it:
OK. Now basically, in case my shonky sketches don't show, it's going to have a slightly fitted bust/torso area, and I want puffy sleeves (which shouldn't be too hard...) I'm thinking that I'll probably have to do a zip on the back. I've fitted a zip beforehand, but I've never done a fitted top or shirt. The skirt will just hang, probably, and might be lined.
I'm thinking of making it out of a cotton fabric like drill, and I have some pattern ideas (there was a Lolita dress here a while ago that was similar to what I want, but minus the sleeves.
So: are there any fabric recommendations? I'm not very rich so I'd like something fairly cheap. Would I need to line it and what would the white trim be made of? Bias tape, or just white drill or something?
And am I dreaming, or do you think that it's possible to make this dress?