Sometimes I make things and they are relegated to the back of the closet (like the St. Patrick's Day Dress debacle of 2011).
But sometimes I make something and the kids don't want to take it off.
Like these sundresses.
what is she DOING here???
It's just 1.5 times the chest measurement + desired length.
I hemmed both ends (and on the Monkey's I had some scrap quilt binding that I finished the top with), sewed the whole thing right sides together into a long tube, finished off my seams (no serger here thankyouverymuch!) And shirred the top 6-ish inches of the dress with some elastic thread WHICH I AM IN LOVE WITH!!!!
The Monkey's has (out of sheer necessity and my lack of desire to have birthed an exhibitionist) has a neck tie added after-the-fact.
The neck tie is just some more scrap bias tape that I had a length of, stitched and backstitched to the center of the bodice and tied in a bow around her neck. Easy Peasy.
These came about mainly because the Biz demanded a dress "with no sleeves" similar to one I owned. I figured I'd better practice with some random bits of quilting cotton before using the uber-gorgeous shades of peach and teal double gauze that I snagged on sale at JoAnn's the other day.
Next up? One for me!