I've been messing around a little with elastic thread lately, and made a quick little muslin jumper before committing to the fabric I really want to use. When it turned out too short for this very long baby, E said, "Add a stripe." You see, even my husband has learned the design-flaw-turned-design-feature trick! I didn't intend for this prototype to get worn, but I kind of like it. And it's definitely nice and cool for our hot Florida summer.
Thank you, Alicia, for the elastic thread coaching! Blasting the shirred area with steam was what it needed to shrink up and get all ruffly. So satisfying.