I have started making Christmas presents, as I hope to make pretty clothes as gifts for each of my 7 nieces. Today I was lucky enough to look after my next-to-youngest niece for the day, and took the opportunity to do a little fitting and also take some photographs of her in some of her presents. I guess this means her present is really a gift for my SIL! I will have to buy my niece a book as well.
I did not have as much luck with the photos as I would like, due to lack of toddler co-operation. Here is a flat photograph of my version of hat and romper number 136 from the July 2008 Burda world of fashion. I made the size 80cm, equivalent to size 18 months, as my niece will be 18 months old in December. The hat is size 48cm, the largest size in the pattern.
I left off the sleeves, as it is very hot here in December. I bound the armhole with constrast bias binding, and piped the round yoke.
I particularly like the pocket details. I made the ties thinner than the pattern called for - around 5mm wide finished, as I felt the original width covered up the v cut-out.
The size is a little smaller than Australian RTW 18months. My niece is not particularly big for her age, and the clothes fit her quite well now, at age 16 months. The fit of the hat is quite close, and if I were making it again I would make the circumference a little larger. I have used hat elastic to keep the hat on, rather than ties.
I think this is a very pretty toddler outfit, and hope my sister-in-law likes it.