I wanted to make something warm and snuggly for my daughter who loves to wear dresses, and I found this great fuschia and grey sweater knit on the clearance section at Joann's. I think I paid a whole $3/yard for it!
I chose McCalls 6161 because I wanted something easy to sew, and carefree to wear. This fit the bill. I didn't have enough fabric to make the cowl the full size, so mine is quite a bit smaller than the original design.
The whole pattern is only three pieces- the front, back and cowl. Sew the side seams, sew the shoulders, hem the raw edges, and you've got a dress! The cowl is just a tube that you sew the ends together. It truly is a one hour pattern.
I just saw it on Clearance on the McCall's website, so if you'd like this style, grab it before it's gone!
My daughter's already worn this a few times, so I will probably be making more of this one.