I made this dress for my daughter Vanessa when she was 10 years old, which was 14 years ago.
I have a plastic storage container full of dresses and buttons on suits that I've made for my children over the years.
As you can see, the insert of the dress is smocked on black fabric.
I picture smocked little cats with sunflowers and butterflies to match the fabric.
This smocking pattern was in an issue of Sew Beautiful magazine.
Notice the black piping trim on the sleeve band.
The smocked cats are exactly the same colors as the cats on the fabric.
I embroidered little bullion roses to match the smocking, on the piped collar.
I'm not a cat lover, but I couldn't resist these cute little cats :)
I sewed gold buttons on the back.
There is a big sash that ties in the back.
The pattern is Chery Williams Basic Square Yoke Dress.