I can't recommend this book enough. (I know, I know, I've said that already!).
The patterns are so cute and unique and come together so easily... and so fast.
In general, I've found the sizing runs on the largish size. This is the size 2 and Iris will need to grow into it a bit.
My only issue with this particular pattern was the straps were a bit long and the buttonhole placement was a little low, in my opinion. If I were to make this again I might make a muslin of the yoke to get a more precise fit. Or at least move the buttonholes up.
But all in all, I love this pattern. I think it's sweet and simple and even a little chic. (As chic as a toddler can be, that is!) ;)
Iris is big into doing everything herself lately, including the above haircut. I do it! she insists. (But it sounds more like I doot!) She has to do e v e r y t h i n g herself. Which is really awesome when we're in a hurry. ;)
Aren't baby hand dimples the best?
She's also totally obsessed with Dan in a way the other kids were not. Sometimes she cries on Monday mornings when she wakes up and realizes he's back at work. I can't say I blame her, he is pretty incredible. :)
I found the fabric for the dress (and the buttons) at Joanns. When we were staying in the townhouse, we were only about 5 minutes from Joanns, so I went there often. It grew on me. I found some really great fabric there, they have amazing coupons available on your phone (no clipping necessary!) and the quality of what I bought was great. I'm not saying all the fabric there is fantastic, but you can feel it (and look at the prices) and get a pretty good idea.
Speaking of the townhouse debacle, I wasn't so sure how'd we make it through homeschooling with that mess (or maybe make it through the mess with having to homeschool.) But somehow we did and now we have only 5 weeks left! Recently, we've been supplementing our Oak Meadow science curriculum with this project filled book on habitats and the kids are into it. Today we learned about oceans and Indigo kept repeating: "This is so amazing!".
And Iris spent the entire afternoon, including her nap, wearing her 'backpack'.