I have a weakness for dotted swiss. There is something wonderfully nostalgic about the texture and the tiny dots.
Last year, during my first trip to NYC's fabric district, I stumbled upon light blue dotted swiss with red dots. Instant love! The only problem was that the fabric was $30 a yard. I've never spent more than about $12 a yard for fabric in my life. With some persuasion, I talked the fabric store down to $20 for a yard and allowed myself just one yard of that sacred material.
I originally planned to make this dress (New Look 6688) :
However, when I went to attach the bodice to the skirt, I saw I did not make it long enough for my tall toddler. My solution was to drop the empire waist to a real waist (adding several inches), and adding some elastic to create separate skirt. For the top, I just added a bottom panel with several ruffles and a side zipper.
(Dotted Swiss and Grosgrain Ribbon)
Now that it is all done, $20 for the fabric seems like a steal :)