Caitlyn has a thing for beat up old VW Kombi vans so when I saw this fabric on the Tessuti website I couldn't resist.
I wasn't sure what I was going to make and at $40 a meter I could only afford to purchase a single meter. I don't usually spend a lot of money on fabric for the kids clothes because there's no guarantee they'll wear it, even when they've asked for it. After a bit of discussion Caitlyn chose view A of Butterick 5786, a button through shirt with hem detailing. I was just happy that I'd bought the smaller size range so I didn't have to do any grading.
I made a straight size 8 and cut 18.5cm off the back length of the shirt. I had planned on smoothing the side seams to retain the rounded look but Caitlyn liked the squared corners so we left it that way. Of course once it was finished she tried to tell me she actually wanted it to have a collar and stand, but there was no way I was unpicking and adding in a collar. By the time I did that this wouldn't have fit her at all.
As it is I'm not sure how much wear she's going to get out of it, the weather is starting to cool down in Melbourne and it won't be long before winter hits. At the rate she's growing I doubt it will be long enough next summer!