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Paperbag Shorts & Bubble Top

Pattern: MCCalls 7726 Paperbag Shorts
Fabric: Cotton Twill JoAnn
Notions: Regular zipper
Total Cost:  $8
Size: 6
Age: 13

The next items in the Summer Wardrobe are the paperbag shorts and bubble top. We initially bought this fabric for capri pants but Monkey Pants became obsessed with having a pair of paperbag shorts. These require a lot more fabric than regular shorts but they did turn out really cute. I had to go back and get extra fabric to make the sash. Definitely a little more time consuming than the Burda shorts -those really come together pretty fast. But this is a really cute look. I didn't want the fold to show the side seam so I thought I was being smart by cutting a seperate piece of fabric to make the fold but ended up sewing it to the bottom of the shorts like it had been all one piece anyway. No idea how I thought that was magically going to turn out better than just doing that in the first place. 

I used pink for the top stitching to make it stand out a bit. I do wish the cuff at the bottom had turned out a little wider but it's not a big deal. She LOVES the pockets! And the sash! Very happy with the results as she has been wearing pretty much nothing but stretch clothing and printed t-shirts for the last couple of years.

Pattern: Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 8124
Fabric: Cotton JoAnn
Notions: Elastic
Total Cost:  ~$8
Size: XS 6-8

This off the shoulder bubble top took a little more convincing. At first, it was a hard no, but she warmed up to it and now she's worn it several times without suggestion so that is saying a lot for this very particular person. I did take it in a smidge and shortened it obviously and used about a half inch elastic instead of one inch I thought would be more in line to her size.

Here is a close up of the fabric detail, it's so cute.

Right after we got this little outfit made, we took a road trip to Canada, stopping in Calgary, and she wore the heck out of it!


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