I did not make this dress. It was made for me on the occasion of either my fifth or sixth birthday (my mom is not sure). The maker was Jane Stone, the mother of two little girls in my ballet class. We spent a lot of time with their family, and Jane was always making things.
The buttons are extremely life-like ladybugs; the three on the bodice are functional while the one on the pocket is decorative. I am so grateful to my mom for keeping this for 25 years. I can’t wait for it to fit Grace! (I can wait. UNIVERSE, I CAN WAIT. TAKE YOUR TIME.)
As soon as I find it, I will post a photo of tiny Annika wearing the dress.