Here's a little Ice Cream Social Dress designed by Jess that I made for Ansley last summer. She grew a lot in the first year and I was anticipating it would continue for longer. . . . Anyway, it didn't fit her last summer but now it's great. I moved the strap elastic towards the center of the strap, giving her a bigger ruffle on each side of the elastic.
I used Susan's Shortcake Knickers pattern again but used some cream eyelet (instead of knit) from Ansley's Easter dress. (I think Dana's Kid Short pattern would work too). I traced about an inch around the pattern and added about six inches to the bottom. I ironed a tiny fold, then one at about two and a half inches. I sewed around the leg, leaving an opening. I measured elastic (I wrapped it, unstretched around Ansley's leg. I added about half an inch to it when cutting. With the gathered fabric and the overlapped elastic from sewing it together, the leg band isn't too tight) and made a casing for it.
I love the bloomers above and below her knees.
So much fun!
Want more inspiration? Check out Jessica's Pattern Remix series.