summer dress. There is a link to the non-pattern, but I like the finish of the top of this version better (as described in this link.) - about 3 yards of fabric, maybe a little more depending on the desired length...basically the length desired*2, but will have lots of leftovers unless I make the dress a pinch narrower than recommended.
Free softie whale pattern from the Blog Small Dream Factory. Very generous lady -- and she has a number of other free patterns for children, too, including softies, hats, scarves, and mittens on strings (let's forget that Bill Cosby called them "idiot mittens!").