After all my wishy-washiness, I only had a few days to actually sew this up before our pictures and I was majorly rushed. I had it mostly finished the night before our photo session but I needed to check the skirt and sleeve length on C before I hemmed them, so I did that the next day and then finished it while she was napping, a mere few hours before our pictures!
I sewed a 2T which fits really well while on my big 1.5 year old*, but it’s difficult to get on her due to the fit of the bodice and waist. I don’t love how sloped/wide the shoulders are on this pattern so I cut an extra ~1.5 inches off–maybe that contributed to the difficulties in getting it over her head and arms? The only other modifications I made were to shorten the sleeves a little as it ended up being warmer than I expected on picture day, plus the high-low hem and the piping. Oh, and it has pockets! I think this was my first time sewing pockets, which is kind of lame. Now that I know how easy basic pockets are, all the things will have pockets :-)
All-in-all, this ended up super cute and was of course a wonderful pattern to sew! I’m hoping to try out a version in knit soon, as well as try out the playtime leggings which I didn’t get around to this time. I think the dress is a little much with the patterned tights C was wearing in the photos here, but I just couldn’t help it–I love the plum color with those mustard yellow tights. I did exercise restraint and dress her in more neutral tights for our family photos though :-)
*I feel like I constantly mention that C is big, so maybe I should explain. Up until 9 months, she was over 99th percentile for height and weight (!) so she was always a couple sizes ahead of her age. At one year she was in mostly 2T, but since then her growth rate has leveled out a lot and she is starting to approach a more typical size (although she’s still in the upper 80’s percentile-wise in both height and weight). Currently she’s in a mix of 2T and 3T RTW clothing, although most size 2T mama-made clothes seem to fit her now (well, not pants…that’s a whole other story with bulky cloth diapers!).