Maybe you've seen THIS little number from Shabby Apple?!
I tried to make something similar for $7.50:
There are two different tutorials out there if you want to follow one. I found the one from "Craftiness is not Optional" to be a little more useful. I liked her flower technique. Here's that LINK.
Feel free to compare it to the tutorial from "Sewing in No Mans Land", HERE.
I was sad I didn't have enough fabric to make the skirt on my dress using the circle skirt technique, a la Dana...
I found my purple polka dot fabric on the remnant table at JoAnn's. Ultimately I didn't feel like it was ever worth going back and spending $10 per yard more, when I had gotten this yard for less than $5!
The only major difference between my dress and the two tutorials linked up there is that I decided to integrate my waist band into the construction of the bodice. They both added it on-top of the dress, after they had attached the skirt. I see that the advantage to that is that you don't have such a long bodice. But I liked the clean construction of having all those layered sewn together in sequence. I guess it doesn't really matter which way you'd make it.
Once again I used the bodice and sleeve pieces from the Oliver & S Jump Rope dress pattern. I sure have gotten a lot of use out of that pattern. I think it goes to show, once you know the basics of dress making, with only a few simple pattern pieces, the sky is the limit!
On my birthday I found myself at my local fabric shop. I walked out with half-yard cuts of the following fabrics:
(isn't it cute how the lady folded them?!)
Now to decide what to make with it. I think I used to know what I wanted to make. Now I think I forgot. I sure love staring at it...