I came across a tutorial this darling Sweet Shirred Summer Dress at Pudent Baby and could not wait to try it. I loved the simplicity, shirring, fabric and colors.
Prudent Baby offers a photo tutorial here: http://www.prudentbaby.com/2010/03/sweet-shirred-summer-dress-pattern.html
I made my version with a lightweight cotton gingham, deep purple bias tape and a crocheted flower add-on.
While I do love the dress, I was a little disappointed that it did not meet in the center like the red one at Prudent Baby. Perhaps I did not cut it right or maybe I needed a lighter fabric. Or perhaps I need to find a technique to create tighter shirring. Oh well, she looks beautiful in it and that's all that matters.