The finished Monkey dress made it's debut on the 4th of July weekend, on a trip to see some family a little further north. And it's been worn and washed and I think it's going to be a hit. The small fry seems to like it. A cotton smock is a pretty nice warm weather option, and the sleeves are minimal so there is plenty of air movement. The hem and yoke are doubled, so the dress has weight where you want it – up high for structure, and at the hem for weight. And the dress in the middle is single weight so it's cool and flexible.
Have bucket hats, will travel.
Some of the other details that I love about the design of this dress are the notches in the center of the neck and the pocket yokes. It's a simple element to create and adds a little interest to the garment without making the assembly fussy.