I went oversea's for a wedding a few months ago, and on the way home while waiting in the departure lounge, I decided to have a quick look in the bookstore. I couldn't believe it...they had a range of Japanese sewing books - and two English versions. I bought them straight away, and had a pleasant trip home reading through them on the aeroplane. One of them was "Happy Homemade - Sew Chic Kids". This is the first dress I have made from it called the V Neck Dress. I loved it straight away - the shape of the front yoke and the sectioned pleating down the front.
However, it was very simple and quick to sew, and it looks that way when it is worn. A little too home-made looking for me. The neckline and sleeve edges are finished with a serger and then simply hidden behind a row of lace. My lace doesn't sit very well and I have a feeling it might be abit itchy, though she hasn't complained of that yet...
And the fit is too big. The pattern comes in even sizing - 2, 4, 6, etc - so I took the time to draft the mid-point between 2 and 4 so I got a size 3 (just thinking of her age). This is my fault though, I didn't check the sizing graph and I really should of cut out a size 2. It will fit her for awhile...that's always a bonus!
But, in saying all this, it is nice and airy and free-flowing for the hot summer ahead, so I'm sure it will still get worn.