Actually, this didn't turn out that great. Trying to top stitch around the armholes was virtually impossible (so tiny!) and I didn't leave enough room in the back for the Velcro so had to glue in an extra panel of fabric. Plus, I didn't bother to hem it. And it isn't lined. Basically, it's a little bit of a mess.
I used a dress the doll already had (she's a Pottery Barn doll, her name is Merry, like "Merry Christmas", btw) to make the pattern. If nothing else it is a good chance to wash the white silk dress she was wearing. For an inanimate object she sure gets her clothes dirty.
Notes on the project:
-this took me 30 minutes to make the pattern and cut, 30 minutes to sew. Seriously fast.
-tip for beginners: pattern making from existing clothing (in this case, doll clothing) wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Take into account though that the back wasn't wide enough so maybe it is a little harder if you do it right. Don't be afraid to try is what I'm saying!
-good use for leftover seasonal fabric. I imagine this doll will end up with quite the wardrobe since I always overbuy yardage.
-despite the tutorial I watched about gathering where I was told to baste two rows of thread for pulling, I only did one. And wouldn't you know the thread broke. Sometimes the rules are there for a reason, folks. Since the dress was so small I just gathered the rest by hand and eyeballed it as I sewed, but it would have been a real issue had it been a person sized garment.
Verdict: Fail? I can't really call this a success since the stitching is so off on the edges and I had to glue it. Happy I made it, but it isn't something I'm especially proud of producing. My daughter ABSOLUTELY loves it to death though. She even melted my heart with an "I love you, mama" when she saw it.