Hot! “The English Bluebells & Roses ” top

The Facts

Fabric: Gift from a friend and scrap from 2 old shirts from my boyfriend

Pattern: Self Drafted, loose fitting top/tunic with a peter pan collar


Notions: 3 decorative buttons
 from my stash

Time to complete: ~ 2 1/2 hours

First worn: April 2012

Wear again? Yes.I wanted to make sometime I could wear very often to run errants and still look put together.

During this time of the year for a very limited time ( a week or so) you can spot a stunning and fragrant carpet of blue woodland:Bluebells.

Did you know that almost half the global bluebell population is found in the UK? Every year we try to visit a different garden to see them.

English gardens are so beautiful and inspirational.


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  1. Love the combo of fabrics and it’s a great shirt that can wear often. Nice job.

  2. Pretty! Perfect for spring.

  3. So pretty! I love how you complimented the floral blouse with the plaid peter pan collar. Self drafting is the best! Good job!

  4. That is so cool and very pretty – is that Cath Kidston fabric – it’s so cute!

    • Hi Trish, its not… I could swear it was too. My best friend (which sews too) came down one night with some fabrics for me to teach her how to sew tissue holders and there it was this beautiful fabrics for half of the price and the same vintage feel as Cath Kidston. She was so please with her tissue holder in the white version she gave the blue. Last week my boyfriend chuck loads of his old shirts on the bed and said ” Want some as materials?” .. I grab it all before giving him a change to regain his senses. One of then was a lovely tint of blue plain and it was calling for a fun paring… The rest will be parts of a quilt Im making.

      ps. the tissue holder tutorial is here:

  5. I love the fabric and color combination.!I am inspired by your design. I’m going to have to make something with a cute Peter Pan collar now.

  6. You always look put together Rachael. It’s so lovely to see you here again. Love the juxtaposition of both fabrics. I can see the English gardens as an inspiration. Lovely

  7. That’s very cute. Like all the little details.

  8. Well done for drafting your own pattern, it looks great!

  9. What a pretty little top Rachel, I like the buttons and cure mix of fabric x

  10. Love the combination of the plaid and floral fabrics! I am completely jealous that you self-drafted this pattern – it looks fabulous, my friend!

  11. That’s so pretty….thank you so much for a close-up of the checked collar, florals and those gorgeous buttons!

  12. Thank you so much for the lovely comments. I will be making a tutorial on a Peter Pan collar to share.

  13. Rachel.. this top is,love the fabric. the collar is so cute..Great job.. Happy sewing.

  14. Cute top– great idea to combine the shirt fabric with a floral. I can’t imagine you running around looking anything but chic. Enjoy the bluebells!

  15. That’s so cute1 I love the combination of fabric, and the floral buttons are a nice touch. :-)

    Thanks for the info about the bluebelles as well – I had no idea half of them were in the UK!