This is the Hopscotch Dress by Oliver + S. I've sewn it many times before, both as a t-shirt and a dress. In fact this pattern was the first sewing with knit fabrics I ever did. I'm reminded that I really need to revisit the cute little skirt that's part of the pattern too.
The first few times I made the top/dress I thought I needed to size up, probably because the knits I chose didn't have a lot of stretch, maybe 'cause I wasn't much good at maintaining a 1/4" seam allowance. Also baby arms are pretty podgy compared to small kids. But the last time I'd made the dress was this one back in April of 2014, and my notes suggested that was a straight size 3 on a recently turned three year old...
So I decided I'd make a muslin of this dress too, just to be sure. I had some cheap 1m cuts of knits from Spotlight in the stash and so I made a size 6 for my recently turned 5 year old.
It was comfortably roomy. I would probably have been fine with the size 5 after all, but I couldn't be bothered tracing off another size, so I stuck with the 6. She'll grow.
Perhaps when this one is too short I'll lop the sleeves and bottom off and sew some white, knit shorts and it can be part of a pyjama set!
In a nutshell, if you want the sewing equivalent of that feeling when you stop hitting yourself on the head with a hammer, sew an Oliver + S pattern.
In some really good quality fabric, of course!
Here's my original Maai Design Blog Tour post with all the fabric links, and there's still 2 days for my Aussie blog readers to enter the Gleam widget competition and win some nice Froy & Dind knit for yourself. Good luck!