I would have liked to put the grain of the fabric on the diagonal but I didn't have enough fabric in the stash for that. The sizes may run a bit large (or my kid a bit small). I sized my daughter for the small but she probably would have fit better in the XS. The instructions were easy to follow with the whole project easily completed in 2 hours. This will be a go to pattern in the future. I look forward to exploring the rest of the book. If you feel like you need to be inspired check out Jennifer Paganelli's blog. Her fabric makes my head spin with ideas! Happy Independence Day to you all!