I need to get sewing. I got so lost in inspiration that no sewing has happened! After reading a few posts from awesome sewists, I want to change it all. I want new patterns, new fabrics, a different approach! Crazy. Nothing like a little sewing ADD to hold me up. Silly, because when I actually started, the work resulted in this:
How cute is that?!
This is the Suzanne in tunic length, size 6. I bought the fabric a couple of years ago when I had grand (naive) intentions of sewing most of my girls' clothing (and have a fabric stash to back that up). Alas, kids grow, and they grow quickly. The cuts in that stash are on the verge of not being quite long enough for their ever-lengthening torsos. Thankfully, I planned for dresses, so I can still make tops. Whew.
I have yet to try this on my little monkey girl, so the jury is still out on the width of this pattern. It is my only sticking point, and I'm still not convinced. That neck just seems too wide. I assumed in previous attempts that I had misinterpreted the pattern (in French, which I do not speak), so I splurged and bought an English version...and don't you know I didn't need it. Apparently, I was following it just fine on a wing and a prayer. That placket piece is just a bit too wide in my opinion (unless you layer something under the top/dress). I made space to feed elastic along the shoulders if needed, but I may have to take it in and then trim the others accordingly before I start to sew. I'll let you know.
Update: She likes the width, and it looks so adorable on her! I did run elastic through the shoulder casings to pull it up a bit (maybe by an 1" or so). Definitely recommend the elastic.