For Jaden's birthday this year I made her dress using Simplicity Pattern 2320. It is a project runway pattern, the first I have used, but other than the possible variations you can choose, the pattern is as simple as any Simplicity pattern and easy to understand.
I choose the cap sleeve version but didn't want to do any bow/button/ribbon embellishments on the front panel. After completing the dress I realized that it needed "something." So I opened the seams on the side of the front panel and inserted a belt.
I added the belt not so much for a better fit but just to add a little pop of color. I made the size 4 and it is a little big, which I expect now from Simplicity, but since I am hoping that she will be able to wear this dress in the spring and summer next year I didn't tailor it to her now.
The only thing I dislike about this dress is the arm holes... I think they are a little too big. (see photo?) I am assuming that with the cap sleeves the extra room in the arm holes make the sleeves not too constricting so she is able to lift her arms? It is not a noticeable problem, I just noticed it here in this photo. I might try to make the sleeve holes smaller the next time I use the pattern but I will have her test it out to see if she still has good arm mobility before I finish it.
I reviewed the pattern on Sewing Pattern Review, you can read it here.
I also made a little dress out of the same material for the Waldorf Doll I made for Jaden. She named her doll Little Jaden, not as unique as my youngest name for her doll, Suzy (you can read the blog link here.) I am selling Waldorf Dolls on Esty now, you can take a look at my store here.
Hope ya'll are having a good day!