Warning... picture heavy post...
Recently my Grandmother found a dress my mum had worn in the 1950s. It is a gorgeous yellow with smocking. It has a label to show that it was purchased but the workmanship looks so much more personal than we have now.
The dress itself was originally worn with a petticoat but we don't have that part anymore, so I needed to make a new one.
I purchased some very fine cotton from Spotlight and adapted the Oliver + S 'Music Box Jumper' pattern. The hem is extra wide so that I can take it down when the outer dress fits no more and K can enjoy it as a nightgown. The back of the skirt is seamed up to about 3" below the waistband, similar to the O+S 'Bubble Dress'.
It also counts towards a very happy girl!