This is the dress MacKenzie designed. What you can't see is the cute black bow in the back.
It wasn't an easy. With knitting, you know what yarns the designer used to get the look. No such guidance with sewing. Even if you follow the guidelines, the fabric doesn't always react well to the pattern. The first version of the dress was "too poofy." At first, I thought the whole project was the disaster I feared it would be.
But, sewing, like life, is about getting creative and taking risks. I took a chance that we could convert the gathered skirt to an A-line. I didn't have much to lose at that point anyway. It would have been much easier if I were better at math, but we managed anyway. The best part is that the 14yo was thrilled, absolutely thrilled with the results. The dress turned out to be everything she'd hoped it would be. Let's hope the dance is as well.