I'm really not one for the whole princess thing. And I thought we had avoided it, until on her fourth birthday my daughter wished that "all princesses would be sparkly." There has been a health dose of princessness since then, even though I rarely ever buy princess paraphernalia--and wow you can buy just about anything save for major appliances with a princess slapped on it.
It's not so much the prince saving the princess that annoys me, it's the total lack of substance on the part of the princess. Well, that and the rampant consumerism of it all (see above). For the most part the princess just lies around looking pretty all day long. Because of that I rejected them outright until I found myself looking at a fashion magazine in the check out line and realized it was just grown up princess crap. So I guess if I can indulge in pretty girly things, I can indulge my daughter a little too.
And so the princess dress. It's not sparkly or even very flooffy, but it's pink and princessy and she loves it. The pattern is from Carefree Clothes for Girls and with it's quilted bodice (that's for you nan) and raw edges it's more Cinderella before the ball than at the ball. The pattern was easy and a lot like the other dress I made from the book. The only part I couldn't figure out were the button loops. There was a diagram on how to make them, cut I couldn't decipher it out, so I just crocheted some chains with quilting thread and sewed them in. And it worked out well, washes up nicely, and gets dirty often. For me it's a dress with a silly amount of baggage, but to her it's just a pretty dress to pick flowers in.