My model is sick today, so this will have to do. I'll try to get some pictures with her in her new dresses when she feels better. I think I did better than with the first one, but it still shouts "pillowcase" to me. I really wanted to make a pillowcase dress that doesn't look like a pillowcase dress.
My mom dug through her linen closet and gave me an unopened package of ruffled gingham pillowcases. Perfect! I also decided I didn't like using ribbon for straps. It just looks kind of unfinished or something. So this time I doubled my bias tape and extended the armhole reinforcements for ties. I think it looks almost like a store-bought dress. (The pinnacle of praise : ).
What do you think? Am I ready to move on to a real-live pattern? What's easiest to start with? A skirt? That's what I'm thinking looks pretty simple. I thought I'd buy some lightweight corduroy and try a skirt for Measle. What else is simple for beginners to make?