I've never made a dress but I was keen to make some little sundresses for the little one.
This pattern is from an Autumn Ottobre (4/2011) and can be warn with or without a tshirt underneath. For our summer it will be perfect on its own but as I think it will be too big for a new born it will be able to go through to Autumn with a tshirt and pants underneath.
The finish on this dress is just incredible. Beautiful top stitching and the elastic encasing goes under the front bodice part so there are no rough seams. And although I nearly went blind tracing out the pattern, I would definately try more of their children's clothes.