Etsy can be a gold mine. I lucked out on finding the perfect dress. I just had to add the collar, cuffs, and buttons.
So true. I've been working on Janet's pink dress the last couple weeks. I found quite a few on etsy that I could have easily converted to look like Janet's. However, it ended up being cheaper for me to make it, because most of the ones in my size were priced around $40, which was about the same as what I payed for materials to make it. However, I think my homemade dress comes a lot closer than converting any of the pre-made ones would have. I got a lot of help from my mother, because this was the first time I've used a sewing machine for anything. I used McCalls pattern 6599, hemmed the skirt a lot shorter, and changed the neckline a bit. I made the collar detachable, it velcroes on in the front and ties with a ribbon in the back.