I made this cute tie-strap dress for my niece for her second birthday. This was the first time she's really enjoyed opening her presents and it was such fun to watch. She even asked to try on the dress right away. :) The dress consists of just a tube of fabric gathered at the top with elastic and ties at the top. I loosely based the pattern on a girls dress in the book Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. Instead of using elastic thread I topstitched over three rows of 1/4 inch wide elastic.
Other projects from Weekend Sewing: