What was your inspiration? This dress was also for my friend's daughter that was in a baby pageant. She really wanted the iconic Marilyn dress. Researching that dress was a little more challenging. I could really only find pictures of the dress while the skirt was flying into the air. I did end up altering the halter a little so it wouldn't be as bulky around the armpits. I shirred the back of the dress with elastic thread because it's more comfy for babies. I hate to see baby's in anything that's too constricting. The hardest thing about the dress was the pleated skirt. I did knife pleats, used a little starch ironed them in... and voila! Iconic dress for an 8 month old!