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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)