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There was a precious, soon to be 4 year old, who had a birthday nearing. The beloved dress that she just KNEW her daughter would love was sold out. What to do. She knew of a friend. And that friend knew her sister may want to make that dress. Military connections. Facebook connections. Long off distances in the Netherlands. 
I had never heard of who Sofia the First was. I had to look it up. I loved the dress. I could see any princess having (and needing) that exact same dress. I got right two work. I had 2 1/2 months to design, create, and ship. That was a very generous time allotment from the requestor. I was thankful. I wanted it to be just right. It ended up taking me about 1 1/2 months to do all that. And… the precious little girl had a VERY exciting day turning 4, and performing lots of twirls and smiles in her new, made-just-for-her Sofia dress. 
Here is the rest of the story in pictures:

 And a little extra gift I included for the birthday girl. I saw a similar shaped purse at Hobby Lobby, and so I copied that design and used some leftover sparkle material and lining from the dress. 
You can see the birthday girl in her very own dress by clicking HERE, and scrolling to the bottom of the blog page. Thank you, to my sister for referring me to her friend. Thank you to my sister’s friend, for asking me and trusting me to make you the dress you wanted. Thank you to all who listened to me talk about the dress for weeks, and who believed in me to make it.

January 8, 2014: Go HERE to see my latest Sofia Updates!!!
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