Santa Fe Top and Taylor Shorts

Summer is in full swing here (Florida really one has the one season) and I only recently realized I am seriously lacking in the wardrobe department.  If only I had my daughter’s closet, she is set for a good while with stylish mama-made clothes.


I have loved the Santa Fe top from the moment Hey June released it last year but have yet to make it until now.  I can’t believe I waited this long!!!  This pattern is amazing…the options, the construction, the tutorial…all of it!!  I especially love how Adrianna writes the instructions for binding the neckline and armholes.  The outcome is beautiful and professional looking.


I used this Coastal Break Tribal jersey knit and a solid black jersey knit I received from LaFinch Fabrics.  Both knits are a lightweight rayon knit.  They have 40-50% horizontal stretch which is perfect for tops.  I love how vibrant that teal is in the coastal break tribal.  It is such a fun looking fabric.


The Santa Fe top looks best with a drapey knit and these jersey knits were the perfect choice.

DSC_1161Next on my list of makes is the Greenstyle Creations Taylor shorts.  I have seen this pattern in the sewing community many times and ever time I have loved it but the thought of making bottoms always made me nervous.  I have a small waist but my hips and backside are a different story, plus I have large, athletic built thighs.  This has always made purchasing pants and shorts difficult, they either fit my waist and are too tight in the legs or loose on the thighs but fall off my waist.

The Taylor shorts are designed to sit low on your waist and have full legs and this was just what I needed to solve my fit issues.  I used my hip measurements to find where I needed to be on the size chart and then tapered the waist per the tutorial instructions.  I was a little conservative in the waist adjustment so the next time I make these I think I will taper in a bit more.


I used this fun Speckled Confetti Indigo Denim I also received from LaFinch Fabrics.  It is a 5.5 oz lightweight denim with no stretch, making it perfect for these shorts.  And if you look very closely you can see subtle specks of blue, red, and yellow throughout indigo weave.

I had some of this beautiful Riley Blake Notecard fabric leftover from a dress I made my daughter (you can see it here).  I love the little sayings written all over this fabric and wanted to use every last scrap so I used it as the pocket lining and zipper fly.  Even though you can’t see it while I am wearing them I love the hidden messages.  Its a great reminder to “Be your Beautiful Self”.



You may remember my make nine post back in January!?!  Both the Hey June Santa Fe top and Greenstyle Creations Taylor shorts were on it.  I am feeling pretty accomplished that I actually got two completed, now I just need to make the other seven 😉

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  1. Amber | 1st Apr 17

    Amazing! You are doing beautiful work Becca!

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