I took this handmade (not by me) version of Butterick 4699, elegantly modeled by my husband:
...and this 1968 toddler pattern:
...to create this unfeasibly large jumper and hat for 8 month old Mrs Baby.
Tragically I miscalculated her size by a factor of three, so she's not going to be able to wear this properly until she puts on about five pounds....mostly in her head.
This picture taken during the fitting to see where I should hem it. At the time I hadn't found any appropriately overstated buttons, so she's held together with hair clips. Classy, I know.
After this was all said and done, I decided something had to change: I was actually going to have to measure the baby.
This is a huge break from my normal "doesn't this pattern know who I am?? I don't need to read the directions, know what the seam allowance is or have any idea of the size of my child!" approach to sewing.
In reward for my diligence, Mrs Baby got a dress that fits (let's all please pretend that any wonky parts are a feature of my child and not evidence of my sloppy sewing technique). AND IT HAS POLKA DOTS. Squee!
The fact that I didn't fussy cut the straps is eating at me, but if I remake them I won't have enough fabric left over to make the matching polka dot panties. The panties are critical.