The shimmery sheer whatever was not so much fun to work with. It's not all that sturdy or durable, and I was really afraid that I would melt it; however, I like the effect of it layered with the lining fabric. Originally, I added the tulip sleeves, which are just gorgeous, but Cara hated them. She refused to wear the dress at all because she said the sleeve seam was itchy. She was probably right about that--every other seam in this dress is sandwiched between the outer fabric and the lining, and I'm sure that shimmery sheer plastic didn't make for a comfortable armhole. I ended up taking off the sleeves and binding the armhole with more silky stuff to please my client. And she is now pleased, especially because she has many purple princess accessories to complete the ensemble.
I really like the Fairy Tale dress pattern--you end up with a classic, fully lined dress that can be fancied up or dressed down depending on the fabric. I can't wait to make a few more of these when the weather starts to warm up, although I'll probably use a size 6 for the bodice in the future. This dress is much more fitted in the bodice than other Oliver and S dresses I have sewn, and while the 5 fits fine, I think Cara will be more comfortable with a slightly looser fit.