I jazzed it up a little with a striped neckband cut on the bias, and some 4mm Hotfix gems accenting one of the hearts. Every girl needs a little bling.
The fabric has been in my stash a while. I think I bought it at Walmart when we lived in Texas, so it is at least 2 years old. It's a very lightweight jersey with only about 15% stretch, so it works for an unfitted style like this.
The jersey drapes really nicely, but you can see that the skirt is actually quite full. I cut as much width as I could after cutting out the bodice pieces, so it is about 1 3/4 times the bodice width. The elastic at the waist pulls it in more and gives the dress a little shape.
Myra is really thrilled to have her own gown. I wasn't sure that a maxi dress would be practical for a busy nearly 5 year old, but she's been playing and climbing hard in it without mishap. And she feels like a princess, which is one of the things I love about my maxi dresses.
Of course, her favorite part is the sparkle. I see a lot of Bedazzling in my future...