This is a dress I ran up this week for the Little One. It is view A of Butterick 7410 from the 1950s, one of my recent purchases (shown right below).
It is effectively a mini version of the suspender skirt I made for myself last year, using the little leftover fabric from it and the same lining , buttons and construction. I will avoid the whole matching outfits scenario, though.
It is fully lined with the tartan in the bodice and bright red lining in the skirt. This fabric has a fairly heavy drape so I added a narrow net frill to the underskirt for a little extra oomph.
I seem to be a lot happier to hand finish things these days. The hem on the tartan was turned, pressed, hand catch-stitched and pressed again. I also slip stitched the two waist seams together invisibly from between the layers, so the lining is only free from the waist down. I think the higher quality of finish is finally outweighing the need to get things finished quickly.
My obsessive pattern matching on the horizontal lines. Yes, there is a seam between those two red stripes!
We'll see what she thinks of it in the morning.