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New Look 6216 Top & Simplicity 8891 Shorts - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
Living in Alabama, not wearing shorts is not an option. It's not even considered fashion here, it's surviving the summer months. We've just entered June and it's already in the mid-90s by noon. So, it would just make sense that I'd need a wardrobe of shorts to rotate throughout my summer wardrobe. That's why this is the third pair of Simplicity 8891 shorts I've made. The first pair was part of the yellow suit; the floral pair I only posted to Instagram; and this pair.
New Look 6216 Top & Simplicity 8891 Shorts - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I always like to create an initial outfit that can otherwise work as separates, mixing and matching would other pieces in my closet. So, I needed to make a shirt. The shirt is New Look 6216.
New Look 6216 Top & Simplicity 8891 Shorts - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I wanted a t-shirt type of knit top, but not one with a high, tight crew neck. That's why this scoop neck style appealed to me more. It looks a lot more relaxed and flattering.
I found this beautiful striped, ribbed knit at my local Jo-Ann.
New Look 6216 Top & Simplicity 8891 Shorts - Erica Bunker DIY Style!

I like how wide the stripes are and I was able to use the white part for the neckline and the sleeve bands.
I made the shorts out of a stretch white denim, also from Jo-Ann. 
New Look 6216 Top & Simplicity 8891 Shorts - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I added the same style of embroidered topstitching as I did with the yellow shorts. I think I need a couple of more pairs of these to get me through the summer. This pattern only uses a yard of fabric and after making them 3 times, I can probably knock out a pair -- cut to finish in an hour. 

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12 comments

  1. This outfit is really cute and comfy. The neckline and arm band treatment are the cherry on top. Really completes the look. Looks like rtw.

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  2. Excellent work as always! I really love that striped knit.

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  3. Fun and cool-casual! I really like that tee fabric.

    I am down to 1 pair of RTW shorts and know I need to get my behind in the sewing room and get some made!

    Lastly, I just love perspectives...I was out at lunch yesterday and it was 82 and I thought I would die. And this morning it's about 65 and it feels AMAZING. LOL!!!

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    1. 65 degrees would feel so cozy right now! That's the sweater weather I never get enough of! Thanks Kisha!

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  4. Sew sew Cute. Just simple and fun. I like!!! Looks good on you.

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  5. As usual girl, you were slaying it! That top looks like RTW -- I love how you pick out different fabric colors and textures. We are not hot in Michigan yet, but we have had rain every day. I'm not going to complain because the weather could be worse.

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  6. I love these shorts! They much more flattering and coverage is great for the thighs. I am with you about the neckline on tee shirts.Great job! Stay cool,as I live in Florida, where it is 70-85 degrees at 7 am.

    Kimberly Wilkes

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