TRex and I went to JoAnn's today to pick up some gingham for her to practice cross-stitch on. Of course, "true" gingham (read: with actual straight lines) was only found in the quilting section. And in its immediate vicinity, the kid found pink and purple sparkly butterfly fabric
(the link goes to a blue background; this was the same print on pink).
You know she decided she had to have it. She said, "Mama, you will make me a dress for my birthday party!" Well, fine, I'm a sucker, 'cause I said yes. I figure it will be one of her birthday presents. So off we went to the pattern section where we found this cute sundress with a bolero
. Perfect, because while it will probably be warm enough for short sleeves on her birthday, it most likely will not be warm enough for anything sleeveless. So back we went to find something to coordinate with the butterfly fabric, and ended up with a deep purple.
And here's the part where the pattern companies smoke crack. We all know (ok, I know, and now I am telling you) that my kid is ... stocky. That is to say, she's among the shortest in her class but also one of the heaviest. We affectionately refer to her as "the tank". And yet, if you believe Simplicity's measurements, she's all over the place. Her height puts her in a 4, her belly measurement in a 3, and her chest measurement in a 2 - completely the opposite of where things like the CDC growth charts put her. Also, whoever drafted this pattern is suffering from never having come into contact with an actual toddler/preschool body. The chest measurements are LARGER than the belly measurements. This is the exact OPPOSITE of most small children (and the pattern is toddler sized, not kid-sized) - TRex is actually about equal in her chest and belly measurements, but that change is relatively recent.
So, in the interests of this fitting her for a while, I'm going to make her something between a 3 and a 4, depending on what I can eke out of the 1 yard of butterflies I bought (a 3 calls for 1 yard, a 4 for 1 1/8). We'll see how it goes - there will be pictures when it's done.