Simplicity 7355 (1976). I bought it about three years ago at The Fabric Cave and loved it because it was basically a junior version of this awesome vintage Butterick dress that Colette made back in 2010.
The fabric I chose was Heart on Sleeve - one of our lovely new enzyme-washed checked linens. With fabric and pattern choices out of the way, the next step was to decide on whether to make the dress or top. I put that conundrum to the good people of Instagram and some clever followers suggested a tunic. At this active age and stage, E's not so much into dresses anymore (*sniff*) so that seemed like the perfect and practical medium between the two options. I added just over 3" to the length of the top version and decided against adding pockets.
I had an inkling the sizing was going to run a bit large and, as it turns out, it was a LOT large. But herein lies the beauty of sewing for kids - assuming it's not too small, they can grow into it! Sure it'll take a few (maybe more) years but this style isn't going to date and she'll get there, one day. Once I'd pushed aside the initial disappointment that was the oversized-ness, I tried it on myself and WHAT D'YOU KNOW, it was a freakin' perfect fit! Just like that I found my silver lining for that sewing cloud.
I took a little extra off the length and now I have a strictly 'on loan' top that I have promised to mind and wear with love and care until the day comes when it actually fits E. And to assuage some of her disappointment, I whipped her up a mini Mandy Boat Tee (printed at 80% size) which she loves. It's a perfect kids pattern because it has all the roominess and comfort that they want and need at that age.
Let's call that a win:win shall we?