My daughter doesn't like princess dresses. She doesn't really like ANY dresses! So I like to make things for my nieces. Recently, it was Gwen's birthday. Her Mom said she would like an over-the-top fancy gown. I thought about it for a while and figured this would be the perfect time to use the ultra shiny, sparkly oh so impractical fabric that I have so much of. I dug in my boxes and managed to make the whole dress (zipper and all) from things I had on hand. The pink is left from a dress I made for Rhiannon that she refuses to wear. The shiny overlay is leftover from the curtains in my bedroom. The pouffy underskirt was recycled from a friend's wedding dress. When Gwen opened her gift, she didn't get quite as excited as I would have liked.
Her Mom tried to convince her that she should put on the dress. She said, "I have a dress!" and held up her pretty dress that she had on.
After a while she let Aunt Jenny put the dress on her.
She admired herself in Grandma's mirror and was satisfied. Cousin Eli thought she looked like a princess too and so he volunteered to be the essential Prince. He escorted her back to the party and danced with her.
...and we all lived happily ever after!