I didn't care that it was a bit big (the kid will grow) or that my increases were dodgey (she'll never notice) or that the colour broke up like I didn't want it to (I gave up). And I didn't bother with the bow at the front (she's not really a bow kind of gal).
It's finished and the girl loves it. Apparently it makes excellent sportswear (with a twirly skirt with frogs, elephants and giraffes on it) for a spot of backyard totem-tennis and kitten-chasing.
The wee girl asked politely, "Did you accidentally do a bobbly bit so made it bobbly all across the top?"
...Bless her. She's observed my design features in the past.
Personally, I'm just happy to see the back of it.... preferably on my little porcelain-skinned totem-tennis star.