I just finished up Lily's Christmas dress! I used McCall's M5966 in a size 4 and it fits like a glove. I chose flannel from Anna Maria Horner's new line. It's Village Plum Path-Folksy Flannels. The top is a solid off white flannel. I had a piece of lace left over from a quilt I made years ago which I used to edge the neckline. I didn't go with red and green because I wanted her to be able to wear the dress all winter.
I have been putting zippers into dresses for years now but they have always been my Achilles Heel. This is my best zipper yet. Temporarily stitching the zipper opening closed seems to really help me. I did that with this zipper. I know that basting can never be skipped on zippers so I have always basted but this time, I basted with much smaller stitches to help keep the zipper from shifting. And I stitched a little farther away from the center back opening. I have another zipper to put into Penny's dress so I will try all these things again!