This turquoise gauze came home with me 2 years ago after our visit to Thunder Bay. Pressed for time, we didn't see much of the city, but did manage to hit the most important attractions: Pita Pit (yum), Fort William, and Fabricland, of course!
Gauze has this amazing ability to stretch to 5 times its size. Neat. Except when you're trying to cut a pattern.
I chose a simple peasant dress pattern from Home Couture for Girls by Machiko Kayaki. It's an oldish book - I think from 1999 - but the patterns are fairly classic and basic and you can still find it for sale online.
Now the instructions are extremely minimal, not to mention in Japanese, but the pictures are sufficient - especially for this simple dress. I believe the little chart you see on the page below is meant to show elastic lengths.
The pattern wanted me to sew separate elastic casings to stitch to the garment, but I just extended the appropriate pieces to do a foldover casing (like, uh, normal).
When my model tried on her dress it was clear that I had actually made a giant nightgown! So I kept adding details hoping to make it look like a dress: a tie at the neck, elastic at the empire waistline, and some owl trim at the hem. Much improved.
Minimal step-by-step instructions.
The pattern sheet. The pattern number and piece name (front, back, etc.) are indicated in the margins.