I love quilting cottons. The bright colors, the ease of working with cotton, the mutlitude of ways to mix and match. Sadly, I never use quilting cottons in my own clothes–a little too much wrinkling and the accompanying feeling that one's wearing a blanket. Which is why I love using quilting cottons in children's clothes! Kids don't know any better! They probably would wear blankets around if we let them.
NL 6974 is a great little pattern for toddler aged girls. There aren't many styles to choose from, but the godets and the underskirt means you can mix together different fabrics in some really fun styles. Plus, as far as I can tell, lots of little girls love the full skirt that godets create. I have a feeling my niece may do a serious amount of twirling in this little dress.
The pattern is also great if you're a beginner sewer and want to practice a few basic but important techniques. It includes the aforementioned godets, an invisible zipper, a lining, narrow hems, and gathering along the front bodice. Using a nice stable cotton just makes all those things easier. The only difficulty I've run into with this pattern (this is the second dress I've made using it), was with the lining pattern pieces. In size 2, the front and back lining pieces aren't wide enough along the bodice seam line to match up with the bodice yoke pieces. I simply used the size 3 front and back lining pieces, and then trimmed a bit off the bottom (so that the underskirt isn't too long). Seems to work.
All in all, a great pattern, despite the problems with the lining pieces. I'll probably make this again at some point. It's an especially great dress to give as a gift, I think, since it is a bit fancier and looks more complicated to make than it really is. I'm a slow sewer, but counting cutting time this takes about 3 hours.