The other pattern test I was recently involved in was the Dolman Combo from Tadah Patterns.
For me this little dress is a no brainer - it ticks the kindy boxes of shoulders covered while also ticking my sewing necessities of quick, comfortable and cute. AND perhaps, most importantly it ticks my 3 year olds clothing requirements of "I only wear dresses" and being knit, it's comfortable for her to race around and play in.
It comes in a huge size range of NB to 14!! In true Tadah tradition there are options galore - a crop top, t-shirt and dress length and also a long sleeve option, you can also bind the arm/neck holes or use a cuff, there is also the option for you to use a woven panel in the top front - you can use up those off cuts!
I went over to a friends place, who was also testing the pattern and we sewed together for our little misses - surprisingly, after a lot of time spent chatting and taping the pattern together the actual sewing was insanely quick!
We later took them to the beach for an elaborate photoshoot we'd planned, however as soon as they spotted water any chance we had of a photoshoot went out the window - I managed a couple of shots before they were both soaked!!
I hope having a dress she loves will ease her nerves on her first day at preschool- I can hope, right?
I've only just reminded myself (while typing this post) of the size range in this pattern and that I really should make my littlest one for day care, so I might leave you here and go make one :)