Our dining room table is pretty much a rotating surface for crafts and meals these days. I’ve had it on my to-do list to make art smocks for my 3-year-old girls to help save some clothes from the mess of paint, glue, and any combination thereof.
Spoonflower has a free pattern on their blog that I used to make these cross-back reversible smocks:
I left off the pocket to make things a little easier for me since I was making two. Of course the crisscross back was a little trickier than I thought it would be and I had to re-do the shoulders on the blue one even with the awesome video that is included on the Spoonflower site. I did the blue one second and got a little too confident I knew what I was doing without reconsulting the video.
So dang cute! And practical to boot! I had the same idea about the cross backs growing with them and also easier to launder as well as put on/take off than something with long ties! Probably more comfortable, too.
These look so pretty! I just bought a pattern on Etsy for a slightly more dress-like adult version of these, and I’m looking forward to making it when my health is doing better. I love the wrap-over apron style–it was very popular when I was living in Japan, and it’s SO much easier to deal with than ties/buttons, etc. I bet your girls are delighted to coat them in mess!