The kid did some time in the shop during the school hols and to keep her occupied for what ultimately amounted to about ten minutes, I gave her a copy of Innocent and Lovely Girlswear and told her to pick something she'd like me to make. That turned out to be Pattern J.
This is such a great pattern and is featured in the book in both top and dress lengths.
The fabric - Alabaster Cross Stitch - had been sitting in the stash for a while but there is still stock available in-store and online. It's a beautiful linen embroidered with a metal lurex thread and has just enough sparkle to make it appealing to a six year old.
The straps are adjustable, feeding through a casing at the back to form a bow. I lengthened the straps for effect and the beauty of this design is that'll grow with her in years to come.
The leggings - Pattern S from the same book - took all of about half an hour to sew up. These are made up in White Glitter, a fine metal/rayon/spandex blend.
The convenience, speed and ultimate result mean that my cushion-making obsession may just well have been replaced with a leggings-making one!