First of all I just wanted to say thank you so much for your lovely comments! I am terrible at replying! I get them and I am like, "Awwwwww that's so sweet!" And then I can't think of a decent reply. But know your comments are very much appreciated!
My allergies have been playing up so I haven't really been wearing makeup recently. Also still searching for a good photo spot.
Simplicity 1419 Lisette.
I used different sized pieces for the top and bottom half as I am not all one pattern size.
The sailor collar pattern was from a Burda Magazine, it had to be adapted a bit as it was originally a jacket collar. Also I had made the dress with a back zipper and did not want to split the collar at the back, so I attached it only at the front and sides to the dress, allowing it to be flipped over the head when the dress is put on.
The stripe on the sailor collar is ribbon.
This piece involved quite a bit of hand sewing to attach the collar and finish off little details.
I am very pleased with the final result.