Sunshine Dress ENCINITAS is named for a throw-back laid-back small-town beach town halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. Encinitas calls itself the "flower capital of the world" (but so does Aalsmeer, Holland. And since the Dutch take their flowers as seriously as their soccer *ahem* football, I don't want to catch the ire of any tulip hooligans). And as such, this dress features a wavey, flower-like hemline.
The pattern may be sewn as a double-layer dress, skirt, apron skirt (álá "Feliz") or single-layer tunic top. For somewhat older girls (say, 8-9-10ish), I like to add the detail of slits in the arm seams for a summery, breezy look. Otherwise, for little girls, I'd leave the peasant top as is. Also, for older girls, I like to make a casing and tied bow neckline. I have instructions for these variations online.
My many, many, many thank to Sabine and Janina and the test sewists. XOXO