My current sewing has meant that I've been doing some for Frances too - who can't resist making a dress for a 4 year old that refuses to wear anything other than dresses? This phase seems to have been going on for quite some time, but I'm sure it won't last forever. Anyway, I've got a book called Absolutely A-Line by Wendi Gratz. It's basically a pattern for an A-line dress with 26 different ideas of versions to make. I've made it a few times for Frances, the latest of which is here:
Easy peasy and one happy girl.