I am not doing very much Christmas present sewing, due to time pressure, but after the very pretty lace bolero I was knitting for my 10 year old niece turned out to be a little too large for my 13 year old daughter, it suddenly occurred to me that A) Sewing is faster than knitting and B) It is possible to buy most of a Christmas present, and just slip a little hand made something in to the parcel in order to keep the nieces addiction to custom clothing alive. I have been receiving a few hints lately, which is rather flattering.
Simplicity 9652 to the rescue.
This pattern must be out of print. A neighbour gave it to me about 6 years ago, as part of her moving house clear out. I had not made it before, but the apron-like top is a very good style for a child in our hot climate.
I made 3 versions of view D, with adjustable straps at the back, for my nieces aged 6, 9 and 10.
They live too far away for me to measure them for fitted garments. (My sister's many talents do not include accurate measuring for sewing purposes)
I used different cotton prints, and trims, to provide variation, whilst sneaking in some sisterly co-ordination for summer holiday photographs. These nieces live in Melbourne, where they might wear a top like this only a few times each Summer, but they are visiting us for a fortnight in January, so will need some hot weather clothes. I am looking forward to seeing them, even if they aren't wearing my sewing.