I have been deep into sewing lately - and it turned out amazing if I do say so myself! It is my daughter's baptism dress - see:
I was really happy with the way it turned out. It probably the most "professional" thing I've sewn - there aren't even any seams on the inside - it's all hidden. The dress is pretty heavy - like a wedding dress. That makes it feel even more fancy.
I used it with white material (casa satin) like shown, but I think it would make a really cute flower girl or Easter dress and the color options are endless. My daughter is a little on the small size for 8 - she wears more of a size 7 - so the dress was a little long and I took in the side seams on the bodice just a little.
Just follow the directions step by step. I had to read them slowly so I would catch everything. I do think there should have been a warning "Only Attempt this if you are Insane" - I still would have made it, but I would have been warned. There are 3 tiers of ruffles, and they are full and gathered tons. Plus gathering the lining, etc - it's a lot of work. I was so excited to get the bottom tier done I took a picture:
It was fun to take a few pictures of her, but we had to do it in the middle of the day so the light was pretty harsh - - still cute though:
And random, family shot before her baptism. She actually got baptized in my dress from when I was her age, and then she wore her dress afterwards and to church that day.