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I hinted at this in The Happy Birthday Dress post- I have discovered the easiest dress-making method ever.
To make one yourself-
Fold over the top edges (on the front side and the back side) and then fold over again. Make sure that the sleeves/bodice approximately match the sleeves/bodice on a regular dress (Piper’s dress sleeve-to-neck height is about 3 inches for reference). Pin the double-folded-down top edges in place.
Cut a long thin rectangle of coordinating fabric (5” wide and 50” long makes for a long bow, 5” wide and 36” wide makes for a more moderate bow). Press the rectangle in half, right sides facing in. Sew up along the open edge, making a tube. Turn right side in, tuck the raw edges into the tube, and sew the ends into points.
Thread the ‘bow’ through the front casing, pulling out the two ends so that there are equal lengths on each side. Tuck each edge into its corresponding casing opening. Pull both out of the middle slit.
Piper Jane lo-oves these dresses (both of them)- she calls them the Pink Dot Dress and the Horsey Dress (the striped one is made from an old Polo t-shirt). She requests to wear one of the two every day. Funny girl.