I made this adorable smocked sundress using the pattern and instructions from Heather Ross's weekend sewing. But really all it is, is a width of fabric, about double the chest measurement of the child for, by the length you need. Smock 6-8 lines, 1.5 - 2cm apart. Sew up the fabric into a circle, add straps, hem and you are done!
Incredibly satisfying, and incredibly quick, if only all sewing projects were like that! I also made a headband to match (from same book).
It's now in the post for my 5 year old niece, it's quite long, so may need to be taken up another few inches! But it's probably ok!
All we need is for the sunshine to continue!