The pattern says it's a two-hour project, but it took me closer to three. If I'd made the version without the ruffle on the bottom, it probably would've been quite a bit quicker. I kind of hate gathering.
The only change I made was to cut the body of the dress 2.5" shorter than the pattern. It's meant to be long, but I was concerned it was going to look more like a nightgown than a dress if it was nearly floor-length. I held it up to O. for sizing, and it fell about mid-calf.
I wasn't sure how clothing would go over as a present at this age -- the boy is usually less than enthusiastic about receiving clothes, unless it's something super specific that he asked for -- but the Birthday Girl and her female party guests were really funny oohing and aahing over the different cute outfits she got. O. seemed a little befuddled watching them. I heard him say to his dad, "Wow, these girls get really excited about clothes!" Ha.
I'm not sure what's on deck next. The birthday frenzy is over for a while now, so I should probably get started on spring/summer clothes for the kids, and I have a few things planned for myself too.