'Muumuu dresses, the loose fitting unbelted dress designed for women of all sizes, originated in Hawaii.
Many decades ago, missionaries came to Hawaii and found the women wearing nothing more than a skirt cloth wrapped around the hips and tied on the side. Their breasts were completely bare.
The missionaries designed a loose, comfortable garment and taught the women to cover their bodies in the tradition of other lands. This came to be known as the muumuu and, as it became popular, floral cloth featuring popular Hawaiian designs such as ginger blossoms, hibiscus, orchids, bird of paradise, plumeria, and other brightly
colored fabric became the choice for many muumuus.'
The muumuu was something women could make for themselves and there was no shortage of patterns:
So, I'm going to have a go at making some muumuus in preparation for the summer. I particularly like the little beachy one with the pompoms!