|I found this style on Amazon in March and was aghast|
at how it really made her appear.
She would certainly look pretty in a dress like the following pattern.
This is a pattern from the 80s that is very simple in style with a fitted lower waist, gathered skirt, puff on the sleeve cap, and a modest length for the sleeves, either short or long, and a lace accent collar that frames the face nicely. Notice it is not so fitted as to be tight, but have a comfortable looseness that flatters the feminine figure. This style would work nicely for a slender small hipped young lady. There are many other styles that would enhance figures of various types but I am hard pressed to find some nice patterns in the major patterncatalogues as most are draped, wrapped, clingy, short, stark designs, or low necked. I like to look at the 80s patterns because there was a return to curls, pretty and soft feminine looks with pastels and florals.
I really think that we have little glimpses of what parts we think looks good and are not able to see ourselves as a whole picture. It may help to have someone take a picture of us front, back, and side in our favorite outfit and then we should analyze it carefully.
Again, please do not be dictated by the styles that are for sale. You are responsible to wear God-honoring clothes and that means nice, neat, orderly, modest, yet feminine and pretty clothes that look good on you. ( I have never heard anyone say "those are pretty pants" or the same about a t-shirt.) If you don't know how to sew, this would be an impetus to start. There are many pretty fabrics available. Have someone help you choose colors that complement you. Find clothing styles that go with your figure type. There are beginner patterns and if you feel brave try them on your own do it with cheap cotton or an old sheet to see how it fits. Use a fabric that is similar to what you want to make it out of. Find a person who has sewn a lot in your church and ask her for help. Sewing stores as well as fabric shops often have beginner classes. Even quilt stores will guide you through beginner classes with quilts and that would be a start. There are also tutorials on DVDs that should be a great help.
As far as knees go, the only "cute" knees are on little children. Once a girl is 5 years old, knees tend to get pretty worn and look better covered. It's probably a good thing we don't have to look at elbows! The less skin showing the more modest one is--not that I endorse burkas or anything close to that. My recommendations are raised necklines, covered waists, loose enough garments, and hemlines that might be about 8-12 inches from the floor so that when you move and bend nothing shows that would cause embarrassment to anyone.