This is the dress two of my friends bought for their daughters and have been adding a candle to every year. I had a really hard time with the $70+ price, and I thought maybe I could make it myself. I knew I could make the jumper, but wasn't too sure about the applique.
With a lot of help and encouragement from my friends Gretchen and Paula, a mom from St. George's who did Jillian's name, and some finishing help from my mom (who always comes to my rescue!), I made this:
It is no where near as perfect, but I am so happy with it!
Next up was a cake. Kellie loaned me her cake decorating tools and expertise so I could create this: