We have a little tradition the wee girl and I. Each year, come birthday time, I sew a new dress. A birthday dress. A dress for the party. This year was no different ... Except this year it wasn't a surprise dress, this year the girl got to choose all by herself. This year she sat on the floor of the back room and got to go through the box of patterns. This year she ummed and aahed, perused and pondered, and decided all by herself. She picked out Style 4060, circa 1973 - my, my, the girl has an eye. A beautiful pannelled dress with collar. She then plundered the stash cupboard and we pulled out a few fabrics - but she settled on this one - a 100% Cotton Pique that I have lovingly stroked for a while now - waiting for the moment that it would get its chance. I had the perfect pink cotton for the pockets and collar tucked away.