I went with all the bells and whistles. The collar and cuffs were easy to assemble, and I like the bright pop of blue against the busy print of the dress. I love the print because it reminds me of the flour and sugar sack prints of the 1930's. (I might have spent a little time at the end of the summer watching Ken Burns' epic documentary on the Dust Bowl because I might be a super-nerd.) One of my friends said that this looked like an American Girl dress, which I took as the highest of compliments. :-)
I had originally planned to put dark blue buttons down the back, but, as luck would have it, I was three short and the store was sold out.
Cara has been in the midst of a growth spurt lately, so I went with a size 5 for this dress. She would probably have been fine with a size 4, but she'll be able to wear this dress for a while.
The best thing about this dress is that Cara whole-heartedly approves of it. It sat on my desk for a week or two when I ran out of the buttons, and she asked over and over when her new fall dress would be ready. I love that she loves it.