May 22, 2014
I was super excited to participate in Vintage May with the talented ladies – Kristen at Skirt As Top and Jess at Craftiness is not Optional.  When preparing for this post I dove head first into the land of vintage patterns.  I had never really sewn from vintage patterns before and was floored by all of the amazing, and cheap patterns out there.  There were a lot from the 50’s / 60’s that I was really drawn to, but when I found Simplicity 6866 I had immediate nostalgia.
The date on the pattern says 1985, which means I was just a toddler when it came out.  This is so reminiscent of what I wore as a child.  The crop top, seersucker, and denim all take me right back.
I also love that this outfit is currently on trend.  Crop tops and full skirts – I just wish that I could pull this look off on myself.  The fabric on the top is a rainbow colored seersucker and the skirt is made up in some denim chambray.  Both are from
My favorite part of the outfit has got to be the back.  I love the cutout with the large button.  I think it adds a real modern flare to the look.  I want to make another version of this by attaching a skirt to the top and leaving the triangle opening in the back.  Just need the time.
The only change that I made is that I lengthened the top by about 1/2″  I might even add a little more length if I made it again.
Click the image below to see all of the amazing projects made as a part of Vintage May!
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  • Reply honeymadeit May 22, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    I remember making this very top for my girls. Thanks for the memories. You should consider putting out a pattern similar to this. I would buy it. Cute little girl too.

  • Reply Katie May 22, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    That’s so cute, I would totally wear it as well. I love the fabrics you chose.

  • Reply Jen Bennion May 22, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Adorable! I have some leftover chambray fabric, maybe i’ll sew up a skirt like that for Violet. I love the pockets.

    • Reply Kelli Ward May 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      you are welcome to my pattern. although honestly its a rectangle with some pockets so you probably don’t need it.

  • Reply Jne4sl May 22, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    You do Amy Byer proud! I remember those tops. You could pull it off, how about:

  • Reply lisa g. May 22, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    so in love with this outfit! i was also a toddler at that time, so this is so reminiscent of colors/silhouettes i wore. great job!

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee May 22, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Adorable!! I love the rainbow seersucker, and it pairs perfectly with the chambray! Also – beautiful model!!

  • Reply Suzanne May 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    So cute, and I bet that top uses barely any fabric, making it a good project to eat up some scraps!

    • Reply Kelli Ward May 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      so true – great stash buster. the top and skirt both.

  • Reply Kelly D. May 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    So, so cute! And if I had a daughter, goodness knows she’d be wearing all sorts of clothes that I wish I could pull off… little kids look adorable in everything!

  • Reply Kristi May 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    This looks just like the first outfit I ever sewed myself (probably in 1989), in a similar hot pink pinstripe. Your’s is very cute, and nicely updated. Maybe I should dig out that pattern…

  • Reply gingermakes May 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    This is so, so cute!!!!! I can’t even deal with it!

  • Reply kristin May 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    i loooove it! the whole silhouette is perfection, and great fabric choices too. i loved going back through your archives for my intro post – you just make cool stuff all the time, Kelli!! thanks for joining us for Vintage May! 😀

  • Reply Anne May 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    This is my favorite Vintage May look so far! I love it, and I love how the denim and rainbow seersucker together manage to look completely on trend and current. So cute!

  • Reply Jess@craftiness is not optional May 22, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    So darn adorable. I love the back too-paired with that full skirt=fabulous.

  • Reply Crab and Bee May 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    This is the cutest! I’m also getting into vintage patterns – the price and variety are amazing.

  • Reply seamsrighttome May 22, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Love this outfit! How was the denim chambray to work with? I have a dress in mind for fabric similar to this, and I was just wondering how you liked working with it or what kind of drape it had.

    • Reply Kelli Ward May 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      It was nice. A little stiff, but I like that for a full skirt. It washes up really well too. I think it would work really great for something like a shirtdress or a more structured dress, but would be worried about anything too flowy because it doesn’t have a lot of drape.

  • Reply Jane@Buzzmills May 22, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Oh this is just too cute!! I love the back of the shirt so sweet!

  • Reply Suz May 23, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    How sweet! I love the striped top!! And the brown saltwater sandals look just like the sandals I used to wear!!

  • Reply Marilyn D. May 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

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  • Reply Marilyn D. May 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    How do I get the pattern?

    • Reply Kelli Ward May 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      I found mine on ebay. If you google the pattern number you should be able to find some for sale.

      • Reply Omini Parks November 21, 2017 at 11:51 AM

        Hi! I googled the pattern number, but I keep getting a completely different pattern. Can you help?

  • Reply Dee Durrant May 23, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I had a similar dress with this back detail in the 80’s…I created my own pattern for my little girl as I couldn’t find any online at the time of searching. I’m just learning how to grade it up in size as she’s growing out of her first one

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  • Reply Danielle Leduc October 1, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Hi there! Do you still have the crop top pattern? I’m trying to track it down, but I’m not having any luck! Is there any chance you could scan it/sell it/share it?

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