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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Princess Graduation Dress For Young Child Time Crunch! and Totally Clueless! on: April 28, 2006 10:51:02 PM
Any advice on what you would do in this situation doing your daughter's dress?
Is it more cost efficient to make your own daughter's princess dresses? Are there any kind of pretty dresses that a child can grow into over the years and you just make gradual adjustments?

This is my first time posting here and I have never done a dress before, just buttons here and there and sewing a hole in my night gown as a teen as far as I can remember. 
An all white dress or white top and white skirt is due May 18. I just found out about this. Shocked  Shocked 
I would like to have a princessy-looking dress (with sleeves if at all possible) self-made or from the store for my daughter to wear. I would like to get her to wearing children/girls size 8 or bigger dresses.
I have recently taken a liking to the idea of doing my own window curtains (I have already started getting fabric for that) and have gotten a sewing kit and a package of thread. I do not have a machine as of yet (and not sure if I'm getting one), so for the time being anything I do will have to be by hand.
Which would be better, to search the stores (Targets has a decent white dress online, or maybe I could check Goodwills and thrift stores...) for something cheap & already made and look for a pattern for next year and possibly the years to come, or to just get a quick and easy design pattern and attempt to make one on the spur of the moment?
If I get a dress this time around from the stores, would that or a picture do as a pattern for future references, or should I have to look for one?

How long and how many hours would it take to do a dress that's: (a) simple (b) princess-looking?
Is it possible to just start off with getting material and cutting a hole in the middle of it like a costume and go from there or should I get a pattern (which reads like Greek to me)?

My mother also says she has a strapped dress that looks white until she puts a shirt on it and then it looks cream or off-white. She lives a distance from me (not feasible to drive all the way there to get it--may as well just buy the target dress for the cost of gass to go there and come back), but may drop it off if she gets a chance, and since it's just for that one night and it will be under the gown, it may be okay to do that (I would have to wait to see if I get the dress how it looks and if the school may approve)... But she says that the dress may come up high on my daughter's knees.

Any help is appreciated!  Smiley

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