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Pick the right pattern and a fabric you love, and with a little time and effort, you’ll be creating a wearable item and there will be no looking back!
Make this beautiful dress for her to wear to the Easter Egg hunt. Just think of the photo opportunities to go along with it!
I wanted to make a pair of shorts and a top for her which will be a useful outfit in her summer wardrobe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And....we are ready for summer!
Fabric (according to pattern requirements)