Unfortunately I am trying to avoid making a fitted boned bodice which is required for this dress.
Well, I continued searching and found an easier design, also at Vogue, which includes silk in the list of recommended fabrics. I like the flared hem and I hope that having the princess seams will help resolve any fitting issues. This design looks younger and more appropriate for her age :-).
Both of these patterns are out of print so I may have to order direct from Vogue if they have the right size in the warehouse. Please leave me one if you rush out to buy the pattern ;-)!
Oh, just one more outstanding design to share from Smitten By Me, absolutely beautiful shoulder strap and fabric!
Any other pattern suggestions would be most welcome :-)