I successfully made my own dress! I won't say that it was the best-fitting dress, or the dress with the straightest hems, but it was totally wearable.
The ribbon at the waist was supposed to cover the crooked seam between the bodice and skirt, but alas!- it was so crooked that even the ribbon couldn't hide it. I think it turned out well for my first try though.
I've also been busy making birthday cards, but they have all been hand delivered, so this post is quite late.
So, in chronological order...Happy birthday to Hailey!
Happy birthday to Dahlia!
...and happy birthday to Gail!