Hi, Baby Rapunzel thanks for the welcome and the love!!!! No I do not have a serger. I just used my brother which i hate. I'm getting a Janome as soon as I can talk DH into it. I got my 8 yr old a sew mini and love it so now I need a bigger Janome. I think a serger might be easier but I just found the overedge stitch and used that for the trim on the hem. I got the knits from Joanns and ordered the tshirt from Zumies. I wanted more pattern-y fun fabric but was out of time to order online so I had to settle for what joanns had in the store here in md. I used the front of the shirt and did the back out of knit. The fabrics were all cotton knits but the purple was heavy so the dress is kinda thick. I would choose all lighter knits next time. I am a complete beginner and I cannot sew straight (obviously) but the pattern was fairly easy. I joined the funktional threads pattern group on fb and that helped with some tips. I can send you a pm with a couple of the tips if you want--I feel like I am going on and on now. Overall it was not bad to cut and put together. I had to get a friend to help me with the collar. Now that i have done it once I am ready to try more. And I agree w/you about NannyE. Erin you are an excellent friend and I think the dresses will be gorgeous!!! Tack on an extra zero to the price of that baby LOL!