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DIY Inspiration – Cropped Pants & T-Shirt

Hey! Hey! Happy Wednesday! Whooo Weee!!! This post was supposed to drop about 4 hours ago, but something went terribly wrong. Do you remember the blazer I made recently with this gorgeous print? Since there was so much left over, I had planned to make a dress with it. However, I thought I would get more wear from the cropped pants. I’m SO GLAD I went with the pants because I LOVE them so much.

Cropped Pants & T-shirt
Cropped Pants & T-shirt

I’m currently working on YouTube Sew-Alongs for these pants and the t-shirt. My plan is to drop the video for the pants on Friday, then follow up with the t-shirt next week. That’s is everything works out. I’m rusty from not recording for so long. Hahahahaa! So be patient with me, okay? But it’s coming!

Cropped Pants & T-shirt
Cropped Pants & T-shirt


I purchased New Look 6459 such a long time ago. I’ve pulled it out to sew, more than once, but kept changing my mind. This time, I knew the fabric would make them even more fabulous. Fabric choice will completely give life to or ruin a project. I’m pretty sure we’ve all had at least one instance when bad fabric choice has killed a great design.

Cropped Pants & T-shirt
Cropped Pants & T-shirt

Linen is hot right now and these pants would be perfect in a lightweight linen. I almost pulled some linen from my collection for the sew-along, but I had to refrain myself because I purchased the linen for another project that I absolutely HAVE to make.

Cropped Pants & T-shirt

For the sew-along, I decided to use a cotton blend. I’m so excited that I’m gonna have two pairs of these cute pants.

T-shirt w/Ruched Sides – Burda 6910

I’m a total fan of cute t-shirts, and this Burda 6910 has been on my radar for quite a while. The ruching detail is what drew my attention to this pattern. Dressed up or down, it’s a true winner. I used a lightweight knit from my fabric collection that I picked up from JoAnn’s a couple of years ago. The color is so yummy, and I wish I had purchased more to make a dress.

Cropped Pants & T-shirt

The suggested application for the ruching uses elastic, which is new to me. I’ve always executed this technique by gathering the fabric. I wasn’t too sure how it would turn out and almost went with my usual method. Then I thought to just give it a try. It resulted in loosely ruched sides, giving the finished look kind of a draped effect. The ruching I’ve done in the past has been tighter, yielding a more bunched look. I think for this t-shirt the looser, draped effect works well. I created this dress with ruching, and you can see the difference. The ruching is a lot fuller, which is very appropriate for the dress.

Cropped Pants & T-shirt
Cropped Pants & T-shirt
Cropped Pants & T-shirt

The cropped pants and t-shirt patterns are beginner-friendly. Therefore, if you’re a beginner and would like to sew along with me, get your patterns now. As of today (6/19/19), both patterns are still available. Grab your fabric and notions, and keep a watch out for the video to drop. If you’re not subscribed to my YouTube channel yet, go over and subscribe. Make sure you hit the “Notification” bell after you subscribe so that you get notified as soon as the videos go live.

Cropped Pants & T-shirt
Cropped Pants & T-shirt
Cropped Pants & T-shirt

If you’re brand new to sewing, check out my Beginner’s Sewing Course before attempting to follow along. The sew-alongs assume you have basic sewing knowledge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Brenda Leathers

    I just discovered your website & YouTube video tutorials. Love them! Looking forward to learning some great sewing techniques from you.

  2. Deborah Hill

    Lovely & classy as always. A versatile collection, looking forward to the video, we’re a patient group of fans/Sew sisters.

  3. Marie Brown

    You always look fabulous in your designs and your smile exudes friendly confidence.
    I really enjoy eading your blog.
    Stay positive and keep creating,

  4. Josie

    Hi Anita
    I recently found your blog. Love the green t- shirt. I watch one of your youtube tutorials, the one with princess seam dress. Great job with the dress and teaching. Hope to see the green tshirt tutorial soon
    Thanks for sharing

    Josie Huber Rn (SoCal)

  5. Chiara

    PS: your outfit are superb. I wish one day of being able to sew like you.

  6. Chiara

    I’m glad you are back. I thought you had really quit . I couldn’t find any new videos. So I started watching the old ones again. You are such an excellent teacher it would it been a real loss for the sewing community Founding your blog made me very happy. Thank you so much again.

  7. Gwendolyn Styles

    OOH Anita, I really like your outfit but, I’m really sold on that green top with the skirt and those shoes! that’s a WOW for me!

  8. HoneySews Fashion

    Absewlutely stunning Anita. I love the pants! And the top. I have both those patterns, now I think I’ll sew along with you. Perfect!

  9. Yamaris Dujmic

    I’m so excited for the sew along!! I’ve been waiting on making these pants for months now. Fabric is cut!! BTW your pants are HOT!!!

  10. Pat Aaron

    Like the others, I love this look, too! I love all of your wardrobe choices. I’ve never done a sew along before. Is this appropiate for a 66 year old?

  11. Lynn Schreiner

    Anita I recently came across your YouTube channel and Blog. I’ve been sewing off and on for 50 years. Your videos have inspired me to sew more with knits and to invest in a serger for the first time. I pray that God continues to bless you and surround you with loving people who will inspire you to keep sewing and sharing. He designed you well! Thanks for using your gifts not only for his glory, but for your watchers and readers too! Blessings, Lynn

  12. Brenda

    On point as always Anita. We’re all so glad you’re getting back in the swing. We love you!!!
    Everything you make looks so professional. I really like how you style things. If you’re ever stuck for a topic I bet it isn’t just me that would be interested in your styling how to’s and process. How you choose the colour coordination, type of fabric, pattern and make it all look amazing and pulled together at the end.
    Thank you for all you share and do. You are truly an inspiration and I really enjoy your teaching/vlogging style.

  13. Patricia Brown

    Nice cropped pants. You have a mini wardrobe capsule here. Each piece works with the coordinates giving you different looks to mix and match. You look fabulous. That suit is gorgeous!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Patricia! Yes, a mini capsule for sure.

  14. Lynette R Patrice

    Hi my friend ~ how are you doing? You look wonderful in your wears!!! I am so happy you are back to recording sew along videos…I will definitely get the two patterns.

    Take care and thank you for all that you do



    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Lynette! I’m doing well. I’m trying to get back into the swing of this thing.

  15. Aretha Arline

    Absolutely stunning. You always do such an incredibly amazing job on everything you make. I’m never disappointed.

  16. Dionne Lewis McLean

    Wow wow these are so amazing. And your looking so fabulous.

  17. La-Kia Kommeren

    I wish I had your gift. But I always enjoy your blog and sense of style.

  18. Yolanda Pinkney

    YAAAASSSSSS!!!! i LOVE THIS!!!! Are you doing a sew along for the jacket as well?

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Yolanda! Yes, I plan to do a sew-along for the jacket as soon as I perfect the technique for that collar.

  19. Dara

    Everything is Beautiful Anita, and so are You! Thank you for sharing.

  20. bernadette thomas

    Alright gurl. Very well put together

  21. Angie J

    Wow Anita, all the combinations of this look with the pants, skirt, t-shirt and jacket are all awesome. That fabric is such a winner. Love it all

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you, Angie! I really love this fabric.

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