I think I used a seam ripper more than a sewing machine for this dress. I almost gave up on it. And I am so glad that I didn't. I think I have a new favorite.
The inspiration for this dress came from this J.Crew dress that belongs to my daughter's friend. It was purchased at a truck sale several years ago.
Here is the view from the back. I used some of the leftover ribbon and a cute pink button for the back closure.
The bodice is double layered because the fabric was a bit on the thin side.
I used the original lining of the skirt to line the inside of the "bubble." I put some elastic at the bottom of the bubble where I sewed the two layers together. So, it keeps it's shape pretty nicely when she plays (ie. it doesn't ride up). And I put some elastic at the waist as well.
I think we have a keeper!