I had to buy a new pattern, however, because it appears that I either gave it away or tossed it, having not used it in awhile. Most likely the pattern I had was too small of a size currently for even my youngest daughter. Luckily I found a couple on sale at Jo-Ann's for $1 each in bigger girl sizes.
Simplicity 4206 Have to say I preferred this one for the top.
The McCall's pattern was so MUCH wider in the body of the top. We didn't like that. And the sleeves were 2 pieces--you can't really see it on the pattern, but the McCall's sleeve has a slit in it. So if you like that style this would be the one for you. I did like the length of the sleeve better on the McCall's, but I don't have a problem lengthening a sleeve pattern. And I did use it for the leggings pattern, just not the top.
For the Simplicity pattern on the first top alone I had to add 3" in length for a size 10. And even then my daughter would've liked it even longer.
So on round 2 I made the shirt more like a tunic for her to wear with leggings.
She liked it so much she wore it 2 days straight before I told her she had to put it in the laundry.
- Blue & white floral fabric from thrift store for $1.49 or less--it was about 1 1/2 yds. worth
- Navy leggings from a thrifted knit sheet. We'll have to make some more before school starts as this daughter refuses to wear jeans of any kind.
I've had a few people ask me about the yardage fabric I get at the thrift store. I go to Unique Thrift Store near my home and they actually have a fabric section in their store with big pieces of fabric, yarn, patterns, notions, etc. I tend to go every week just to browse--some days I'm lucky to find good stuff and other times they have nothing that interests me.