This year, my big girl celebrated her birthday in Spring. It probably didn’t mean a great deal to her. Spring in Kansas is still a LOT colder than a Sydney Autumn. But despite this, I still took it as a great excuse to make her something summery to wear for the days ahead. We may have had a little glitch in our Spring a few days ago (snow!) but the sunshine returned on her big day, which gave us the perfect photo opportunity. I should also point out that I don’t have a great say in her styling. Just check out those fuschia sandals and headpiece!
It was such a perfect fit on Miss Six last year that I knew I’d be making another for her very soon. I passed her old version on to Miss Four in the slim hope that it will be loved as much….but I have serious doubts that Lady Ballerina Tutu will give it a second glance in her wardrobe.
For this version, I lengthened it to size 9 (the largest size) but graded both the bodice and the shorts width down to an 8. I was generous in my estimation for her, because I didn’t want her to outgrow this one as quickly as she did the last one. You can see that the fit is roomy, but not overly so. The torso length was the part that Miss Six outgrew first, although it is worth mentioning that she is currently on the 90th centile for height. So if you are using this information to choose a size, Coco’s height is roughly equivalent to that of an average seven year old, but she still quite lean. I would suggest going up one size for age in this pattern.
I used some beautiful cotton from Tessuti Fabrics. I purchased it months ago, specifically with Coco in mind. Her ONLY favourite colour back then was red, and this lovely Liberty-like fabric just grabbed me. I can’t remember it’s origin. It might be Japanese…but it feels and behaves a lot like the tana lawn that is used for Liberty of London (but without the same price tag!).
So on that note, I would like to wish my one and only big girl with the amazing curls, a very happy SIX birthday. We all love you to bits! x