Although I like to make my own patterns, I also like combining bits of separate patterns to make the piece I'm sewing look like I want. In this dress, I combined two store-bought patterns to get the bodice and skirt I wanted for the dress, then I altered the neckline on the bodice to square it out rather than have a rounded neckline.
I then added the criss-cross embroidery pattern on the machine and hand-embroidered the flowers and butterflies. This is what makes customized clothes so special and one-of-a-kind.
If you've done similar things, I'd love to hear from you.