So I have taken to skulking about my local Goodwill shops in search of potential recons. One day some nice little old lady must have been cleaning house, because I scored several vintage twin flat sheets.
(You can read about the saga of one of them here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252638.msg2812660#msg2812660
One of the sheets was well worn and the colors a bit faded, but it was perfect for what I had in mind. Every summer I challenge myself to make a couple of matching outfits for my girls (I make loads of matching stuff for them, but these outfits are special). When I take my vacation at the end of the summer, my girls and I go down and spend a few days with my in-laws. One day is picture day. My mother-in-law scouts locations and we go out and take loads of pictures.
I knew this Goodwill sheet was destined for picture clothes and finally found the perfect pattern: Simplicity 5226*.
The first picture was taken at a chapel in a historic cemetery. My oldest (Miss B) was trying to teach my little one (Sister Goldenhair) how to curtsy...
Then we went to a part of the river/gorge that had a waterfall. The girls loved this, even though I told them to stay dry. Here's Sister Goldenhair doing her best...
Next we went to a rose garden and park. This is where the day went magical for the girls (and for me). I took some photos and we ate lunch, but then I said the magic words: "Why don't you girls go put your feet in the fountain?"
I knew what would happen, but they felt like they were getting away with something. First they dangled their feet in the water. Then they walked around, getting the hems of their dresses wet. Then Sister Goldenhair "accidentally" sat down. I snapped all the while, catching pure joy.
They thought this was the best day of the summer... I think they might be right.
This thread has another take on this easy, lovely pattern)