On Friday night, I was determined to conquer the pattern. The sizing had to be accurate, I was sure of it. Yet, the neckline was just too big. (Actually, I don't know if Spenser tried it on because she announced, "I don't like that," when she saw the dress. All I know is that the dress kept slipping off a children-sized hanger. Maybe in two years, when it fits, she will like it.)
Anyway, I had remembered that there were a few others in blogland who had used this pattern and, surely, they would have found a solution for this problem. And right, I was! I found this shirt with notes that she put pleats in the sleeves to compensate for gaping neckline. And, what do you know? It totally worked. So, maybe technically, I didn't conquer the pattern, but it turned out. And Spenser likes it. And she wore it to church yesterday. In my book, that means I conquered it.
(Fabric notes: The body of the dress is Alexander Henry's Lemon Blossom. The bias trim tie is Alexander Henry's Pop Dots. Both are from my stash. I also made the ties a little wider so that the design is more visible. This is the pattern for the shirt, which is just a shorter version of the dress.)