I went to Hancock's last weekend with the specific purpose of buying some appropriate patterns for TLo, as I have very few patterns in her size. Given that most Big4 children's patterns are laughably large and my children are comically short, it didn't occur to me that I would need anything above the size 6 range for some time to come. I was wrong. TLo is now in a size 12/14 width in RTW, which even in the world of Humongous Big4 Patterns is a 10.
TLo and I went to the store together, partly because I was hoping she would enjoy picking out her own patterns (with subtle guidance from yours truly) and partly because The Husband was taking TBO to soccer practice on that side of town anyway so I thought we could all go in one car. I figured TLo and I, left to our own devices, could easily spend an hour and fifteen minutes in the fabric store.
This was poor reasoning on my part. TLo begged the entire time to be allowed to peruse the button section on her own, which is as far away from the pattern area as you can get and is completely obscured by row upon row of towering fabric aisles. She was not allowed to peruse. Or at least, not until we'd sat at the pattern table and looked through the sale books. Apparently this is a breathtakingly tempting activity when you're not allowed to do it, but mind-numbingly boring when the siren call of the button section sings it's temptress song. Much whining ensued. And (despite what you're thinking) not all of it from me. Pattern selection became a hasty process.
I relate all of this to you, Gentle Reader, in an attempt to excuse what happened next: When I saw this pattern was on sale, my heart skipped a little dance of happiness at the perfect fit for TLo's school uniform. McCall M6156, size 7 to 14.
Shirtdress styling? Check! Adjustable empire waistline with drawstring? Check! Cute as a button? Check!
Perfect. I forced (her words) TLo to help me find said perfection in the pattern drawer and, with our seven other pattern selections, we made our giddy way to nirvana-- sorry, the button aisle. All was right with the world.
And then today I finally got around to photo-copying the technical drawing insert for October’s BurdaStyle. Which I have already pored over a half-dozen times in the past month. At least.
Um. Girl's Shirtdress. With adjustable drawstring empire waist. Size 134-158.