I love gingham fabric. Mostly because there's no right or wrong side to it, but also for the farm-ey, apron-y preserving kind of feel it exudes. I made Keira a little green gingham dress this week.
I'd been wanting to make a wrap-around style dress for a while, and it turned out to be pretty easy to make the pattern for. After all I have knitted one like this before, and if you can knit something, you can probably sew it, right?
I made an extra-long bias strip so the dress can be fastened at either the front or the back.
Also, I 'bought' (swapped) a lovely one quite similar, but pink, a month or so ago at the market, by a travelling crafty girl, and Keira loved it, so that was furthur motivation to make more. And there are little dresses all around- this morning I saw these sweet baby dresses (reversible!)- those Anenome girls are so clever.
I think this is the kind of garment that is quite useful for a little girl, because it can gradually become a top as she grows taller. And one could make it from a thicker fabric, such as needlecord or wool, for a winter dress/top over pants.
While your daughter still lets you dress her, that is. How long do you think I've got?