Simplicyt 1783, Simplicity 2444


Simplicity 2444, Simplicity 1783, DYT Type One, Dressing Your Truth
Simplicity 2444, Simplicity 1783, DYT Type One, Dressing Your Truth
Simplicity 2444, Simplicity 1783, DYT Type One, Dressing Your Truth
Simplicity 2444, Simplicity 1783,
Simplicity 2444, Simplicity 1783,

Simplicity 2444, Simplicity 1783,

Who doesn’t love floral with a side of gingham? Rhetorical question. I’m really saying

Who doesn’t love floral with a side of gingham!
I think wardrobe separates are a great opportunity for some fun pattern mixing. You can dial up or tone down according to your comfort level, no long term commitment required.

For the peplum top, I used the bodice from Simplicity 2444, and added a peplum following these instructions: Burda Style: How To Draft A Peplum. A big thank you to Hana of Velvet Ribbon for sharing the Burda link on her blog post here! Pants are Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1783. I think I can finally say I have a pants pattern that’s right for me. Yes, I made a few alterations…but I both documented and pattern drafted all the tweaks. I do NOT like the front patch pockets on the original pattern, so I switched those to….errrr…normal pockets…my bad, but I can’t seem to find the correct words to describe the pockets I made. Can we blame it on age? Somebody, please somebody identify my pocket design! The other, probably obvious, tweak was to skinny up, or slim down, the leg seams, both inseam and side seam.

I’m always, always, finding inspiration from your blogs, thank you! Glenda of So What To Twenty, blogged about peplum tops here and here. Thanks Glenda, both for the inspiration, and for the video link! Readers, consider this fair warning: Her second link will get you dancing!
Bracelet stack…me-made…simple beaded bracelets, and a narrow, wire-wrapped, beaded cuff.

And that’s all she wrote. today. The weather is lovely, and all this floral has me yearning for my own bit of outdoor paradise. There’s no pretending in this post…no jacket, no problem!

Pants :: Simplicity 1783
Peplum Top :: Simplicity 2444
Metallic Pumps :: Payless
Bracelets/Earrings :: Me-Made

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Project Sewn for Floral Frenzy

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  • Reply pastcaring May 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Gorgeous, Sue! Fresh and fun and fabulous!
    I love the print mix, and the colours are so pretty and suit you perfectly. As always your photos convey such joy, I do enjoy seeing them. Beautiful bracelets too, clever you.
    That reminds me I need to get going with my next sewing project – I haven't started yet and I don't want to lose momentum! xxxx

  • Reply Carol Pack Urban May 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    You look so cute. The outfit is gorgeous! I love the colors and how you mixed it up!

  • Reply Faye Lewis May 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I love your outfit.

  • Reply Vicki May 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm


  • Reply Jenny at Sewing Pies May 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Love love love it, Sue!!! That peplum top is Ahhhhmazing!!!

  • Reply Sheila May 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Oh, Sue, this is a masterful outfit in pattern-mixing! You are a champ! Love these colours, and the turquoise bling is perfect (and I now I MUST have shiny pumps like those!). Of course, in awe that you made all this! Incredible.

  • Reply ann wood May 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    So cute Sue, excellent mixing and a great fit!

    blue hue wonderland

  • Reply Val S May 14, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I want to change my name to Coral Floral now! Maybe Gingham could be my middle name.

    That song Happy is so catchy. I first heard about it when Curtise mentioned it and I went to find it on YouTube. It's great!

    I love your patterns, and that amazing detail you put into everything. And to top it all off, gold high heels on the beach! You glow and reflect all kinds of happiness!

  • Reply Glenda May 14, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Sue, you are so sweet and kind. Thank you for the lovely words and for linking. As you know, I have been a huge fan of the peplum since I studied the history of apparel in college. We can thank Christian Dior for inventing this look.

    I think the floral with gingham is fabulous and you look super stylish, fun and spirited. You nailed it!

  • Reply Vix May 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    What a gorgeous combination! Loving the print and gingham and am wondering how I can do that with my dresses! Fabulous! xxx

  • Reply M @ My Closet Catalogue May 15, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Good things come to those who wait, eh? I'd been missing my infusion of Sue and you do not disappoint. “Coral Floral” indeed! It must be a pattern mix party in our part of the blogoverse, eh? But yours is so much livelier and happier than mine – it's the color, I tell ya! You do it so well.

    Side note: your backdrop/lighting is brilliant! Did you use filters at all or are these au naturel? Regardless, j'adore!

  • Reply Margo B May 15, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Great use of the 2444 bodice Sue! Lovely print mixing. You never disappoint!!

  • Reply Rachel May 15, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Floral and gingham are perfect together, of course!! I'm really loving that top!

  • Reply Flo May 15, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Really cute, I love the combination! You are ready for summer with this outfit.

  • Reply nest full of eggs May 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

    peplums are always so flattering.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 15, 2014 at 11:29 am

    GAH…I am taking a beginner's photography class and after discussing light balance last week, I changed my setting to incandescent light to take a couple of indoor photos. I forgot to change it back to *auto*, and hubby knew something was off about the exposure, but it didn't occur to him that light balance needed resetting. So! I had to do some editing. In the end, I think the clothing and my skin colour etc., looks pretty accurate, but the water! Pretty brilliant blue for the Pacific Northwest, LOL.

  • Reply Louise Perry May 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Great outfit, the gingham trousers are so flatering on you, and your floral peplum looks amazing. As ever yu styling and photography are outstanding. I can see you getting loads of wear out of this combination.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 15, 2014 at 11:36 am

    You're welcome Glenda! Your blog has a perfect balance of beauty and wisdom, as do you! Interesting to know that we can thank CD for the peplum!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Oh yeah…I wear my high heels on the beach all the time!!!!! hahahaha

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Ann!!!!! So lovely to *see* you! Miss you too, but it's all good!

  • Reply señora Allnut May 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    so summery and cute outfit, and you look so pretty!, lovely smile and fabulous attitude!
    really love gingham with florals!

  • Reply Northern mum down South May 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    You are a ray of sunshine. Love the outfit and great photos. Blue and orange looks really good together and you-made bangles too – wonderful.

  • Reply Rosy May 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    You did it again … I always think you can not beat yourself and you do it again … There are not enough words in my vocabulary to express the beautiful sentiments to go out of my mind when I admire your projects sewing. You are the queen of colors and fabrics!

  • Reply Linda T May 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Could your “normal” pockets be the side seam inseam pockets? I can't tell from the photos. Great outfit!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Well, I did a quick google look, and apparently they are stitched rounded pockets. Who knew.

  • Reply May 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I am “catching up” with back posts of your blog and getting totally inspired to plug in my sewing machine. Such fun, creativeness in each post! This gingham, floral outfit is fabulous!

  • Reply Ruth Procter May 16, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Lovely combination Sue! I love the floral print in particular. I always really like the look of peplum tops, but unfortunately they don't suit me. Yours looks great though!

  • Reply Connie May 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

    What is it about that coral color that makes you look so beautiful!!? Awesome awesome awesome! I'm off to go peplum shopping. Gingham style.

  • Reply sabine May 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    You look so lovely celebrating spring and your wonderful place oft paradise. Your pattern mix is great!
    Sabine xxx

  • Reply Wendy May 17, 2014 at 3:34 am

    My youngest daughter is big on mixing patterns which can be tricky. I have to say, you made this work brilliantly! Love the coral base and the happy colors in the floral – perfect (as always)! 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Thomson May 17, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Love the combo! The style looks great on you, too! FUN.

  • Reply No fear of fashion May 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Yes Glenda is a good stylist. I had been looking at her peplum tops as well. Loving it. But I don't have your skills. This looks so lovely. Both the top and the trousers. So well done. You can be proud of yourself.
    And again, as always, the perfect shoes to go with it. Very modern, very 2014. Are they gold or silver? I think gold. Well both are in fashion. I am totally in love with my silver slingbacks and thinking about buying gold as well.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    They are a warm gold Greetje! You are a good shopper Greetje…I know you will find a peplum just right for you.

  • Reply Sarah Liz May 17, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I adore florals and checks, florals and stripes as well. This outfit is just lovely 🙂

  • Reply Patti May 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Floral and gingham are so delightful together – you look so fresh and fun. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xox

  • Reply Lisa May 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Love these pants and the floral looks so cute with them. Have you always been this “fit”? You look amazing!

  • Reply Trina May 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Coral and Floral, a big yes! Ginham with floral, another big Yes! I knew right when I spotted this that you had made that wonderful peplum top because I've been searching high and low for one with sleeves and I don't think they exists. That is, unless you are Sue and talented enough to create your own perfectly fitting, floral peplum. And choose your own color to match the perfectly fitted patterned pants. You just make me smile. What a gift you have, beautiful lady.

  • Reply dan May 19, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I love the shape of your top! I have some similar, and in my next post I will be wearing one ( but with no sleeves )…
    Your pants really fits you , and the whole outfit looks so fresh and cute !!
    What a nice place too take photos! And there is a wonderfully clean sky…

  • Reply Beata B May 19, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I relly, relly like the outfit! Sue! You look absolutely gorgeous 🙂
    Hugs Beata

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga May 19, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I love the whole outfit. The print and the colors are so great with your complexion. I see gingham on a few people and I think they look so cute. The color on your on the pants is so pretty to.
    Please drop by , from VM link up

  • Reply jolylook May 19, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Oh Sue, again a gorgeous combination, I love it

    Joly Look

  • Reply Sacramento Amate May 19, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Love the whole ensemble sooooooooooooo much, dear Sue, and I WANT those gorgeous shoes

  • Reply The Style Crone May 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    You wear your creations beautifully! Including your beautiful smile and curly hair. It's always a pleasure to visit your world. The peplum made my stay even more wonderful!

  • Reply Hana May 19, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Hello Sue! Only now I have time to pop over your blog. I love all your creations – so pretty, cheerful and made me smile 🙂 You did a great work on peplum and the whole outfit is so fabulous! I will follow you through Bloglovin'.
    Happy sewing and styling!

  • Reply Judith Hamid May 20, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I love the trousers – I'm going to make a pair of trousers for myself – haven't done so before – so thanks for the inspiration. Judy.

  • Reply Mrs C May 20, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Fantastic print mix and the cut of the blouse is just gorgeous and so in style!

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen May 20, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Wowee! Really perfection, as you know. Pretty and very, very you! Running out of superlatives that retain their meaning for all your sewing successes. Okay, pink gold pumps … you've really got the hang of mid-heels! Absolutely the best choice for pastels! Keeps the sugar overload that can happen with pastels from happening and adds sophistication. Of course!

  • Reply Spashionista Alicia Searcy May 20, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Holy carp; you MADE those clothes? Need a new bestie? LOL
    I love it when the clothes tell me exactly who the wearer is – without being so overwhelming the look becomes costumey. The colors and patterns are perfect together and scream, “I'm an exuberant woman!” I love it 😉


  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files May 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm


    You've really outdone yourself here sue! I want this whole outfit. Serious sewing skills!


  • Reply Ariane Lasalle May 21, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Wow what a fun combination Sue – i like the floral in the pants, those litltle details are so, so charming!
    We are having nice weather here as well and I'm finally enjoying it more, i'm getting better and better every day

    Hugs and love


  • Reply Jessica Cangiano May 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Gloriously cheerful, pretty and fun warm weather look! I'm a big fan of those two girly, classic patterns worn together as well. They always make me think of Doris Day! 🙂

    I really want to thank you, dear Susan, from the bottom of my heart for your supportive, caring, deeply touching comment (re: my Etsy shop). It means a great deal to me and has added to the return of my usual chipper, optimistic demeanor immensely.

    Tons of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Lisa, thanks so much for the compliment! I can't say I'm super fit, but I do yoga and rebounding on a pretty regular basis. I have lost some extra weight since last summer, but I still have lots of wobbly bits, LOL.

  • Reply Rebecca May 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I am such a huge fan of peplums so I am so in love with this top! The floral print fabric you picked is so sweet for spring! I love that you took a pattern for this top and then changed it into a peplum! The pants are very cool too! Great mix of patterns!


  • Reply arish May 27, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Precioso conjunto, te sienta muy bien. BESICOS.

  • Reply makingtheflame June 5, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Such a small detail, but — I love that you shop at Payless! I feel like the only person who does. Outfit is great, really like your thoughts on 'dialing up' and 'dialing down' separates.

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