I've been wanting to sew a party dress for my daughter, for years now, this is the year it finally got done! I used M6281, it was so easy, I couldn't believe it. It's not totally finished as you can see by the pictures, I need to top stitch the skirt where it comes together with the top and take up the hem, but I'm waiting for my daughter to try it on and see if there's any adjustments to be made. I put it on my dress form, and adjusted the dress form to the smallest size,but unfortunately my daughter and I are no where near the same size ( what a shocker!), its a good thing I used a knit fabric, so it stretches! Maybe she'll let me take pictures when she tries it on, she won't be home until Thanksgiving, so I'll have to wait until then.
And yes that is a Christmas tree in the back ground, my husband doesn't think a month is long enough to keep up the tree, so he always puts it up a week or so before Thanksgiving.