So last year I made this dress for my friend Kathy's birthday:
The pattern is from burdastyle magazine 11/2007, which I have also used for Helena's dress.
I always found the original pattern slightly too long, so I shortened the hemline to a suitable length.
For the dress I used three different fabrics. The white one is a very stiff cotton with a denim weave to give the bodice enough stability. The waistband is a dark green fabric with white polka dots and the skirt is made out of green cotton.