I went and bought the yarn and beads today! Viv (my 3 y.o.) and I picked out the "sugarplum" color of LB CottonEase.
and some clear glass beads with a slight iridescence.
I stopped by the LYS to pick up the needles, but they didn't have the recommended length-- I was wondering, though, isn't the bodice awfully stretched out on those 36" needles? Also, the woman working there said something about threading all the beads on with a beading needle, which I have never even heard of! Are they widely available? I can't wait to get started!