Spring palette outfit number 2 finished

This is actually the first outfit I finished for the Spring palette but didn't get it photographed for a while. I might not be able to wear it until later in the year but I am very happy with it.
I frankensteined the top from a 1960s pattern. It was just a simple boxy shaped top with a zip half way up the back and a stand up collar. So basically I just cut the front and back pieces from the pattern, added the front darts (it initially only had bust darts) , changed the collar completely by cutting it wider and using the scalloped selvages from the broderie anglaise fabric to make the ruffles.
 I also modified the back, cut the pieces slightly wider than asked for in the pattern and used the lovely scalloped selvages again as a cute detail. I also used buttons all the way down instead of a zip. I found those cute buttons in one of my local fabric shops and thought they are perfect to pick up on the bias binding collar detail. 
 The shorts are cut from the same patter that I drafted for the playsuit I made a while ago. I had some red gabardine left, just enough to make them. They are high waist which I love. To keep it nautical (as this is part of my brief for the Spring palette)  I used an anchor button.
And this is me freezing in my back yard just to to show off how cute this outfit is. I'll be going on a USA road trip with my husband in May and this will so be part of my holiday wardrobe. Most likely not combined with those heels though.

I hope you like! Let me know what you think.


  1. What a lovely piece! You look great on it! I especially love the top. Was the fabric easy to find?

  2. It was. I got it at my local fabric shop, where they stock it in a variety of colours. Not expensive either. I rarely wear ivory but I think it works in this case.
    I am sure you'll find broderie anglaise in a fabric shop near you or online. efabrics is good and they stock some.

  3. Oh my! That top is way too cute!!!

  4. Oh this is so adorable! Love the buttons up the back

  5. That is such a cute outfit, I particularly love the buttons on the blouse. I have that pattern and am now feeling inspired to get it out. You look lovely.