The Daphne pattern can be made to be a dress or shirt depending on the size you make (and how long you want it to take). You can use bright colors to make it fun or use muted colors and have a more modern look. You can also change the look of this dress/shirt by adding ribbon in multiple places, or attaching flowers, bows etc.
The pattern is pretty easy to make, and includes lots of pictures to help as you go along.
I have used this pattern to make my 8 year old a shirt and my 3 year old a dress.
I have been creating crochet patterns for about 9 years. In the beginning my patterns were pretty scary, but I think all the years of practice (and forcing my kids to wear my creations) has paid off! Hopefully you think so too.