This little summer frock is my own design. I’ve made a similar one for Miss Two in the past and it was an absolute winner. I use elastic inside the shoulder straps to create the crumpled look as well as to improve the fit by keeping the dress firmly up. The high waist also looks super cute on little girls.
The dress can actually slip over the head without any closures. However, I put an invisible zip in the back and two little pleats in the bodice back to prolong its life and create a closer fitting bodice. So as Miss very-nearly-four gets bigger, we can use the zip and then eventually release the pleats.
The fabric is a gorgeously soft Japanese double gauze cotton from Tessuti Fabrics. I really wouldn’t have known what this meant in the past. But now I realise that it is two very fine layers of fabric laying together. It feels a little like very light and soft flannelette. It is a really beautiful fabric for children and the print is so pretty.