Okay, who puts their 18-month-old in white clothes? Uh...me. But when she looks as cute as this, how can I not?
This white cotton was leftover from a shirt I made a couple of years ago, the pattern was $.99 and the buttons and trim were leftover from other projects. So, even if she only wears it once or twice before it is riddled with stains it's no big loss.
I made the size large, but left it at the NB (newborn) length. I wanted this to be more like a top than a dress. I had thought I would shorten it more, but with all the fullness from the gathers (and the big round belly underneath), it stuck out kind of funny.
The armhole binding/shoulder straps worked out pretty well. The pattern piece was just the right length and the markings were good. I like the cross-over front and the eyelet trim.
I changed the back to close with buttons rather than a zipper. There are three buttons on the bodice part and none on the skirt.
The shorts are from Simplicity 5316. The pattern doesn't include shorts - I just cut off the pants pattern. I wouldn't really recommend this pattern. The crotch isn't deep enough for a baby in a diaper to sit. But, it will work for now. The fabric was from a thrift store - less than 1 yard to start with.
I love having little girls to sew for!