Broken striped top and black shorts

Broken striped top Broken striped top

These are the simple shorts that I made yesterday, along with an equally simple top. The waistband of the shorts is elasticized while the front waistband is kept flat, so there’s no need for fastener. The original pattern is for pants but I shortened it and added a row of black cotton lace on the hem. The top is pretty simple with only two pattern pieces, the front and back pattern are the same except for the neckline.

Both patterns are from a Japanese pattern magazine called ソーイングナチュリラ vol.4. You can see the top and pants are on the left in this picture.

The fabric for the top is cotton knit with interesting broken stripes pattern, I found the fabric quite cheap in Nippori. The shorts are made with black cotton, leftover from my husband’s shorts.

We have three consecutive holidays this week, usually called Golden Week, so we’re planning to go hiking to the mountain area. I’m going to wear my new comfortable top!

ソーイングナチュリラ vol.4 Broken striped top

Black shorts Black shorts

Pattern is from ソーイングナチュリラ vol.4.

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  • Xe’Nia

    I absolutely love those pants. is there a website that have a similar pattern or something. Amazing job on outfit

  • very very nice 🙂 and you look cute wearing glasses.

  • Naomi

    i can’t read japanese, so I want to try and make a top just like yours. 🙂 is it a basic T shape, or are they just 2 rectangles with head holes? Thank you! I absolutely love your outfit!

    • verypurpleperson

      Hi Naomi, I can’t read Japanese either but Japanese patterns usually have many helpful diagrams.
      This top has a basic T-shape and it’s very easy. If you want, there’s a similar pattern in Burdastyle (PDF pattern) with English instructions:
      Thank you!

  • Yu Jin

    Nice! Thanks for your answer. 😀 I am quite afraid of knit fabric…stretching. It is hard to keep the fabric in place for cutting or sewing.

  • I love the detail around the bottom of the shorts! I admire your productivity as well…it’s hard for me to find time to sew!

    • verypurpleperson

      I know what you mean about finding time to sew! But this year my son is in third grade and spending more time in school = more time for me to sew! 😀

  • Love it! It’s so summer and I like the shorts with the elasticised waist. Now I can also be a glutton!

  • Super adorable.

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you Trudy!

  • Loving those shorts. Elasticated shorts/skirts etc look very unflattering on my post baby belly so a nice flat front is the perfect solution. I do admire your productivity!

  • Lovely 😉

  • Love the new outfit! That shorts are great–they look tailored from the front, but comfy with the elastic in the back.

  • I make a similar striped top not long ago and upon seeing yours, im itchy to make a second one with red-stripes!

  • Very nice and summery! I love that striped fabric!

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you Carolyn! It is very easy to sew, comfortable, and looks good! So perfect for instant gratification 🙂

  • Yu Jin

    Really nice fabric choice!!! 😀 How did you finish the neck line? A bias?

    • verypurpleperson

      I use binding strips from the same fabric. The fabric is knit so it doesn’t have to be cut on bias 🙂

  • I love your fabric choices.

  • ivanchika

    Very cute, as you are!

  • Belinda

    Oh I really like that broken stripe in the top. I have been making some simple tops here (but autumn/winter versions) however I have not seen a broken stripe like that in Australian fabric stores.

  • comfortable & cute, love the lace detail.

  • very cute!