Hi Friends! I’m Alex from My Sew Bliss! I’m so excited to be sharing another look with you today! I love doing unique outfits but I don’t always get a chance to wear them so for this project I wanted to put my skills to the test and try some new everyday looks. In the summer I usually wear shorts and an easy top that I can just throw on, so I created just that look! I had never made shorts before and honestly I was really nervous about doing it. In college I made a pair of pants and I ended up hating them because I really had no idea what I was doing and the fit was awful. But going into this project I felt so much more prepared because I had many more years of sewing under my belt and I was prepared to do more research on how to fit shorts beforehand. I highly recommend learning the best ways to fit pants or shorts before you get started and creating a muslin before you cut into your beautiful fabric. With that being said I did not make a muslin before making my shorts. I used the Chi-town Chino pattern from Alina Design Co and they turned out great, but they are a little looser than I would like them to be. If I would have made a muslin, that could have been avoided. But now I know for next time and I’m feeling more confident in the ability to make shorts that I love. I chose this gorgeous green medium weight twill for the shorts and it really is the perfect fabric for making shorts or pants! I can’t wait to make a rainbow selection of shorts using the gorgeous twill that Raspberry Creek Fabric offers. As for the shirt, I used the Melody Dolman pattern from Love Notions in a black and ivory windowpane linen. I love the casual yet put together look this top and fabric has together. Linen is a dream, especially in the summer and this windowpane is no different. My biggest struggle with this top was picking out the buttons! I couldn’t decide on black, brown, or multi colored for the longest time but for the sake of being able to match all the outfits I went with the black and so far I am very happy with it! With a stripe like this, I find it best to always try and match up some of the stripes or it can get too busy for the look. I usually don’t like to take the extra time and effort but in the end it can make such a big difference and adds so much more to your outfit! I knew I wanted the front two pieces lined up but I had no intention of making the collar line up, that was just a happy accident. I love how these pieces came together and how they look, both together and separate. I know I will be reaching for them all summer long. You can find more of what I am sewing for the summer over on my blog, My Sew Bliss. Thanks for having me, happy sewing friends!