Casting about for a way to celebrate the holiday, it occurred to me to dress a doll as an Irish step dancer. Riverdance and all that. (Remember Riverdance? Big hit of the 90's. In fact, 2016 is its 20th Anniversary and the show is on tour to celebrate.) I don't have any Irish dance patterns, but I do have a skirt pattern for MiniFee that has the traditional box pleats (Flirty MiniFee). Now that I think of it, I probably should have combined it with the blouse pattern from Steampunk MiniFee. Simply replacing the short puffed sleeves with long straight sleeves would have given me a better overall shape (and fewer problems) than the crop top from All Dolled Up MiniFee that I ended up using. (All patterns from Adams-Harris.) I could still do it, even if it means redoing my embroidery. It wasn't all that great the first time.
I pulled The Costume Book by Mary Burke Morris for inspiration. It has several full-color photos of traditional style Irish step-dancing costumes. Although the chapter on costume-making techniques contains valuable information, I wish this book included patterns. Maybe one in each category? If it did it would earn my unqualified vote for Best Costume Book Ever! (The book is subtitled: The Non-Professional's Guide to Professional Results. It's geared to dressing performers.)