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Island Girl Crop Top & Skirt

Added Aug 31, 2014

by slmnstyle

Portland, Oregon...






We were invited to a Hawaiian themed party, and I knew that I wanted to make something to wear for the occasion. I remembered some fabric that I had seen at Mill End fabric store, and actually used a version of it previously to make some boxer shorts for my husband, that would be perfect for a fun and colorful dress.

I started out intending to make a dress from Vogue 8184 pattern view E for the party as I liked the halter strap of the princess bodice, the fitted little skirt, plus I had made this pattern twice before already, which makes for a much quicker sewing job as opposed to using a pattern for the first time.

However, as I was sewing, laying out and fitting the top and skirt, along the way I realized that the top was a little short and would fit me funny and feel too short-waisted when made as a dress, so instead of starting over and cutting the bodice adding about and inch or so, or adding a midriff waist, I decided that this was a great opportunity to make a crop top and high waisted skirt.

It was pretty easy to adapt to this, finish off the skirt, make a hem to the top, and add two 7" zippers to each instead of one long zipper. I have a whole bag full of zippers that I got for free at my work from the trim department that was getting rid of their trim samples, and two of them were matching in style, accept for the colors, but were perfect for this project.

I was afraid that a crop top was not for me as I am not in my 20’s anymore and my abs are certainly not as firm and flat as they were in my 20’s either, but I think with the right fit and just the right amount of skin showing (about 2 fingers worth), it would be passable and looks sophisticated.

Overall, it was a great idea and a really fun outfit to make and to wear and I am certain that I will make it again, ether for myself or for someone else who wants one!

More photos and details on my blog Ode to Sew :http://odetosew.com/2014/08/31/island-girl-halter-crop-top-skirt/

Material Notes

100% cotton in “Island Girl” print from Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection,
2 7" metal zippers
2 snaps
twill tape




Garment Type
Beach, Other

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    Nov 25, 2014, 09.33 AMby bibilovin

    Wow this is so fun! You look fabulous!

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      Nov 25, 2014, 04.33 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you so much!

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    Sep 21, 2014, 07.22 AMby melthorley

    What amazing fabric! Works so well with the design of this set.

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      Nov 25, 2014, 04.32 PMby slmnstyle

      Isn’t that fabric fun? It was fun to wear too. Thanks!

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    Sep 13, 2014, 07.29 PMby Byanka Ayala

    Love the print and your skirt and crop top came out fabulous. You look great in it!

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      Sep 15, 2014, 02.48 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you so much! It was fun to make and to wear!

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    Sep 9, 2014, 03.28 AMby nrobson

    yum this is a great outfit, i like this style very much!

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      Sep 9, 2014, 03.17 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you Nadia! I am happy I tried it and it worked out well :)

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    Sep 3, 2014, 01.36 AMby rita61

    I like your outfit, awesome and appropriate for the theme.

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      Sep 3, 2014, 05.50 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you!

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    Sep 2, 2014, 03.15 PMby Mary Athey

    This is Gorgeous on you and you look fabulous. The fabric is so something I would love to have. Gorgeous project and Gorgeous you .♡♥♥ x

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      Sep 3, 2014, 05.50 PMby slmnstyle

      Aw, thank you so much Mary, that is very sweet of you to comment!

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    Sep 1, 2014, 04.45 PMby cris orange

    lovely & sexy :-)

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      Sep 1, 2014, 05.08 PMby slmnstyle

      Why, thank you Cris!

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    Sep 1, 2014, 08.11 AMby Tara Sikana

    Fabulous print and dress !

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      Sep 1, 2014, 04.22 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you Tara!

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    Aug 31, 2014, 08.50 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    How Beautiful! – Both you, and the top and skirt! Fun and chic fabric!

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      Sep 1, 2014, 12.38 AMby slmnstyle

      Thank you Ellen! It was a fun project to make, and even more fun to wear to the Hawaiian party!

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      Sep 1, 2014, 03.18 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Yeah! I can imagine! ;-))
      Congrats on being featured!

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    Aug 31, 2014, 07.43 PMby saxsilverain

    omg, that print is just AWESOME!! :D really love it, you made the perfect showcase of it as a two piece dress!

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    Aug 31, 2014, 07.06 PMby PennyMac

    It looks stunning. You can definitely carry it off. Keep wearing it!

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      Sep 1, 2014, 12.40 AMby slmnstyle

      Thank you PennyMac, I just might keep wearing it, or at least make it again in other fabrics!

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    Aug 31, 2014, 04.50 PMby liliv-1

    amazing outfit, you look hot this!

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      Aug 31, 2014, 05.05 PMby slmnstyle

      Thanks so very much!

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    Aug 31, 2014, 04.29 PMby Mokara

    It’s a fabulous two piece dress and the perfect pattern for your occasion. Your body is gorgeous & you rock this dress. And it’s great that it is a two piece because I can see that crop top with a high waisted skinny jeans or the skirt with other tops… so versatile.

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      Aug 31, 2014, 05.04 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you so much Mokara! It was so fun and exciting to make and to wear!

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