I love vintage clothing, so Vintage May, a series hosted by Jessica from Craftiness is Not Optional and Kristin from Skirt as Top is really just a great excuse to sew my favorite clothes for little girls.
A few years ago, I bought a huge lot of vintage patterns at a garage sale for a couple of dollars. I only kept a few of them and this pattern from 1968 was one of my favorites. The original pattern was a size 3, and Mae is a skinny 18-24 months, so the dress is a little wide, but I like it that way, and hopefully it will fit for a while.
I love the style, but the back of the dress was really boring, so I decided to make some changes to the pattern pieces before I got started. Once I finished making the changes, not one single piece was the same, so I'd say this pattern was more of an inspiration than anything :) One of the biggest changes was to shorten the dress into a tunic. Mae has way more dresses (enough for 3-4 kids I'm sure) than she needs between my sewing and two very indulgent grandmas, so I wanted something a bit more versatile. This top is practical by itself in the summer and should still look cute with a white long sleeve shirt and jeans in the fall & winter.
I added white piping to the seams because piping is frequently used in vintage clothing for a finished look. But even after the piping, the top was still missing something. So I added every kid's favorite detail, a pocket! Mae just loved it when she figured out her kazoo fit in there, although it didn't stay in for long :)
The pattern called for the back to close with a hidden zipper, but I thought making the back closures part of the design would make it even cuter. I found this post which has the most adorable way of attaching the buttons. Not only is it cute, but it took less time than the traditional method. And since I hate attaching buttons, it's possible that every button I use from now on will be finished just like these!
This next picture was the best I could get of the sides of the top. Mae will look at me and smile for the camera now, but she still doesn't get it when I tell her to turn around. She turns in a complete circle and ends up facing me again. If I turn her around myself, she will stay there for maybe 3 seconds before she turns back :) And she only seems to know how to face toward me or away from me. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground. I have learned to take very quick pictures and just accept (and edit!) whatever I end up with. I'm pretty sure I took this picture in the middle of a spin while she was holding her hand out for balance :)
Fabric - Red chambray from Joann's
Buttons - Joann's
Piping - Micro piping purchased many years ago (any packaged piping would work as well)