Children’s Clothing Series: Summer Shorts and Top

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner


finished shorts and top

I love to make matching sets for my daughter and I always try to pick fun fabrics that I know will make her smile!

I wanted to make a pair of shorts and a top for her which will be a useful outfit in her summer wardrobe.


cutting fabric


After cutting out the pattern from my chosen fabric, I followed the directions to cut lengths of bias cut strips for the arm and neck bands. I used my acrylic ruler and rotary cutter with my cutting mat, using the helpful diagonal marked lines for guidance.


cutting bias strips


I stay stitched around the neckline of the top, which helps to prevent the curve of the fabric stretching as you sew. Over the years I have sewn, I’ve realized how important it is to take the time to complete these small steps because you really do end up with a better finished garment at the end.


Stay stitching


This top has a lovely front detail. I used a contrasting fabric (which is the same fabric I used to sew the shorts) and a bright pink ric rac.


Front Detail


I also used the same combination of contrast fabric and pink ric rac for the pocket.




The armholes and neckband are finished with bias tape which makes a neat, clean finish.




After completing the top by hemming it and sewing on buttons, I started sewing up the shorts. I used a blue and grey chambray (mainly to counterbalance all that pink!!)




Of course, I had to line the shorts pockets with some leftover flamingo fabric.


Shorts pocket


The shorts are finished with an elastic waistband. I prefer to use a 1” wide elastic as I think the thinner elastics can be a little uncomfortable for children, so I adjusted the width of my casing accordingly.


Elastic waistband


And....we are ready for summer!

Supply List

Summer Place shorts and top

Fabric (according to pattern requirements)




Ric rac