Ever have something on your white board to-do list for so long that once you finally get it done the marker won't wipe off??? I think I will permanently have "Brooklyn's Frog Shirt" scribbled into the white board in my kitchen! I bought the pattern and the material for this tunic at the end of April, I think, and I just finished it a week or so ago (hang head in shame). Oh well, it finally got done, and Brooklyn loves it! It will be a perfect fall shirt for school, and I think it is big enough that she and Cassie can wear it next spring and summer. :)
The pattern is Shwin & Shwin's Maggie Mae Tunic, which is sold in sizes 6 months - size 10. It can be made dress-length or shirt length, and I kinda went in between, adding a couple inches to the shirt length so that she can wear it with leggings. I love that this is a style that would look good on a girl throughout all of childhood! And the square white buttons on the back add a fun touch -- though I made the button holes a bit too small and it is a tight squeeze to get them in and out! I guess I need more button hole practice!
I love Shwin & Shwin's patterns! Go to their shop and take a look around! I'm sure you'll find something you'd like to sew. And don't worry, you can follow the patterns easily even if sewing is a fairly new hobby for you like it is for me! :)
Only one thing I'd recommend you do differently with this pattern: open up the side seams a bit to make the arm holes bigger. My daughter has skinny arms, and she felt the armholes were even too tight for her. I noticed a couple other bloggers who used this pattern had the same issue. To fix this I used my seam ripper to open the side seam a couple inches, and folded the edge in and did a tight zig zag to discouraged any fraying. An easy fix! :) Next time I may just cut the bodice a bit bigger so I can do a double fold seam instead of the zig zag, but this worked!
Shew! I finally can cross this shirt off my to-do list (since obviously I can't erase it off my white board now!)