Wardrobe Planning with Ann: The Coolest Pieces!

Shorts and sleeveless tops are summer staples in this heatwave. Ann’s wardrobe evaluation revealed she had plenty of running shorts but no casual shorts and not enough blouses to keep her cool and stylish. Keeping in mind Ann’s summer activities that would range from family get-togethers to client events, I selected sailor shorts and a sleeveless chambray blouse. Sailor shorts have a polished and more pulled-together feel that could work for any occasion Ann has this summer. The sleeveless chambray blouse is a summer basic and will coordinate well with other items in Ann’s closet. Both items will be in constant rotation for Ann this summer!

A chambray blouse is just about as versatile as a classic white blouse. And even though this blouse is for summer,  Ann can wear this into fall by adding a sweater or jacket.

The fabric is Slate Blue/Cream Chambray Shirting….

….and the pattern is Vogue 8772

Ann was able to skip the muslin stage because she was expertly fitted by Andrea, from Sew to Fit (view here, here and here), for a classic white blouse a few years ago.  (Construction Video)

There were two changes to the original pattern. Ann added a hidden placket at center front so the buttons wouldn’t compete with the shorts and the armhole was cut in at the shoulder.

Additional Looks:
Red Lace Skirt

Black and White Button Front Skirt

More Combinations from Ann’s Closet


When I suggested sailor shorts to Ann, she said yes immediately! Ann created a mood board of sailor shorts to help her pinpoint details she wanted to incorporate.

She found this pair of Balmain shorts ($1195 at Net-a-Porter) and used it for inspiration. I loved the high waistline to define her waist and Ann loved the pockets with the flaps!

I selected Ruby Red Linen to stay with the color palette and Egyptian Cotton in Bright Red for the lining. We opted to use an invisible zipper in the back to alleviate buttoning/unbuttoning.
Ruby Red Linen
Egyptian Cotton in Bright Red

McCalls 3892 was the starting point to draft the pattern.
(Watch Ann draft the pattern here.)

Ann used this pattern to draft a jumpsuit for Christmas, so she was confident of the fit.
(Watch Ann construct the shorts here.)

Black T-Shirt

Black and White Top

More Combinations from Ann’s Closet

See all of the fabrics and notions for the red shorts and chambray top here.

And as Ann always says, ” I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary ;)”



  1. July 12, 2019 / 6:50 am

    Ann-Goals for me. To have such a curated and flattering wardrobe— I’m working on it. Congratulations to both of you, Roz and Ann.
    Of course Ann looks great in everything!

  2. Roz
    July 12, 2019 / 7:41 am

    Thanks for reading and commenting Samina! You’re doing a great job sewing your new wardrobe, too. 🙂

  3. Ann
    July 12, 2019 / 9:43 am

    You’re too sweet Samina! I see what you have created and your pieces are so unique & fit to your lifestyle. Great job! Roz, I am loving these summer pieces because of the comfort and how appropriate it is for this Houston heat. I also enjoy how well they transition from work to mom duties;) Thank you!

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