The material I used for the polka dot dress and tie is...wait for it...a thrifted bed sheet! I know that isn't really that surprising, since I have used a bed sheet for a dress before HERE
But I have to say, I really didn't think this sheet would look as cute as it does sewn into clothes. I totally love it and it made for cheap outfits. I think the sheet was a couple bucks!
here. It was super easy and quick (I actually did this while my kids were awake, which says a lot. I normally do not sew when they are up, but that is how fast and easy it came together. )
My daughter's dress is from the Simplicity Project Runway patterns: 2989. The dress isn't difficult but when I tried it on her early in the process I thought the fit was right, but once I inserted the lining and zipper it was WAY TOO BIG. How does that happen? So, out came the seam ripper...I also added piping at the skirt and band seamline. The picture below shows the net ruffle underneath which is so fun for spinning and twirling.