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.

 

pocket

 

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

 

armhole

 

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!!)

 

shorts

 

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)

Buttons

Interfacing

Elastic

Ric rac