I also had major problems with the neck/sleeves. I started this for my 4 year old and we could not get it over her head. So I ended up re-cutting it and making it for my 2 year old, Evangeline (seen below).
I will definitely try this again, but might take a cue from Kelli and cut the top straight across and then add straps. I am also going to raise the belt a bit more so it creates an empire waist.
I still LOVE the outcome of this one. I'm giving you two photo options....
and Shirt Dress: Cranky
Those red-heads are a feisty group.
Thanks for the fun pattern!
I can't wait to experiment more!