It feels like spring is just around the corner, at least today anyway. See that in the photos, I hear it is called sunlight. We haven't seen it for a while!
With hopeful visions of sunny days, I have been buying a few patterns for the girls. This one is a McCalls pattern for top, dress, shorts and capri pants. Sounds like all you need in one package! The pattern is M6065 and I have made view B with the gathered pockets.
I like the girly vibe to this pattern, the raised waistline and the gathered skirt make it a really pretty top. I made it as per instructions and it all went together smoothly. Well about 99% smooth anyway. The shoulder seams were a bit of a pain.
The bodice is lined and the shoulder seam of the lining requires slipstitching together once the top has been turned right side out. The edges of my lining didn't meet by about 3/8" so stitching them together would have been tricky. At this point I tried it on her to assess how much I could alter the straps by to make it all fit, only to be concerned by how low the scoop neckline was. Without the t-shirt underneath it is just a bit too low for comfort. I would redraft the neckline next time and bring it up by about an inch.
So after a bit of fiddling about, I got the straps sorted.
This is a lovely small scale floral print that I have used before and it is a really good blender with the items in her wardrobe. It will girly up a white top and jeans.
The pockets are huge! The gathers make them a bit different and if this is made up from a solid fabric, they will add a nice detail.
There are 4 different options with this pattern, 3 tops and 1 dress plus the shorts/capri pants. I think I will get my money's worth out of this pattern. It runs from 3-6yrs, which means I will be able to make some for both girls.