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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

· A Fern Green Skirt ·

In an amusing twist of fate, I'm posting a very St. Patrick's appropriate outfit, and it's even on the appropriate week!  Totally unplanned. :-)

Anyway, on to the outfit!  I've been a huge fan of pink and green for about a decade now, and early on I reached a point where I continually reverted to them whenever I'd be getting new clothes.  After a few years, I decided to make a conscious decision to branch out into other colors to see if I had other favorites.

Well, I do have lots of favorites now, but these particular shades of fern and coral are still the reigning favorites!  And what better place to showcase them than in the Fern Room of a conservatory?

This fabric was an impulse purchase from JoAnn's- I had never seen it before (or since), but since it was a unique twill AND in my favorite color.... I had to do it.

The fabric is 100% cotton with a satin-weave and woven dots.  I love how unique it is!  And apparently it wrinkles quite well, too.  You're seeing this outfit in a completely natural setting- I usually try to keep my outfits to the same standards I have on a day-to-day basis... but I also usually have them freshly ironed for photos. ;-)

This outfit has just been through a day's worth of city-traipsing, donut-eating, humid-conservatory-wandering (if my hair looks like it's drooping in some of these photos.... now you know), and a little bit of toddler-wrangling (not pictured: said toddler or the berry stains he bestowed upon my blouse moments before these photos).  It's a great season of life; it's been full of lots of new experiences, and this has proven to be a practical outfit at any rate!

The skirt is made from a vintage pattern- McCalls 3404 but altered to be a normal waistband instead of a raised waist with suspenders.  I love the style and the pockets are perfection!

I wanted to add a bit of interest to an otherwise rather plain skirt, so I chose to do 3 rows of decorative top-stitching along the pockets, hem, and waistband.

If you noticed a difference in my hair- that's because I recently got a new cut!  This time I went with a chin-length bob and I'm the happiest I've been so far!

My blouse is made from Simplicity 2154; I posted about it in more detail here.  The sweater is one I altered this year using this method.

A great perk of making a green skirt is that I finally have the perfect excuse to wear this vintage hat!  It's been sitting around for years just waiting for me to love it... and now it can finally get its time in the limelight. :-)

· Photos by Kathryn ·

Skirt · self-made from vintage McCalls 3404
Blouse · self-made from vintage repro Simplicity 2154
Cardigan ·Kohl's, altered by me
Hat · can't remember, but I think it was from the school play costumes sale we went to in 2009 where we got our first batch of vintage hats!
Shoes · Clarks


  1. What a gorgeous outfit!! The colors are so gorgeous, and you definitely found the perfect backdrop for pictures!! :)
    The skirt is such a lovely style! I will have to take a look at the pattern you used. I love the pockets and the decorative top stitching; it gives it such a wearable, yet elegant look.
    Lovely outfit!! And it's wonderful to see an outfit post again!!!! ;)

  2. The colors are very pretty. The fabric you found for your skirt reminds me of a sateen I think it was that I found several years ago a Joanns. Only my fabric is a pink/purple/red color, but it has those dots all over too.


  3. A wonderful outfit. I love the pastel colours. The style of the skirt is great and practical. I imagine the pockets are especially useful. I often wish more skirts had pockets - they are the one thing I miss when I change from trousers (pants) into skirts.

  4. Very lovely! AND it has POCKETS!

  5. Such a delightful outfit! I love the pockets and triple top-stitching detail on the skirt.

    Coral has been a favorite color of mine for a while as well, but it hasn't been until recently that I have discovered my love for green.


    the Middle Sister and Singer

  6. Ooooh! I love this color combination! And the colors of the outfit go PERFECTLY with the fern part of the conservatory! Very well matched! The skirt is adorable with those pockets and good call on the top stitching at the hem and pockets! This post totally made my day!

  7. Soooooo pretty! It's like the hat was made exactly for that outfit, too!

  8. Gosh this is such a pretty outfit. The coral and green together feel so fresh and springy, but sophisticated. I love it!

  9. This whole outfit is perfect. Love the details you've added to make the skirt special

  10. Gorgeous outfit! And I love the photos!

  11. This is beautiful! I always pick up some wonderful tip from you - this time the triple stitching. Your new hairstyle is lovely, too!

  12. Splendidly pretty colour palette, outfit and chapeau! Everything here feels so fresh and cheerful - just the right sartorial note to usher spring in on.

    Many hugs & joyful wishes for this beautiful new season,
    ♥ Jessica

  13. This is darling, and what a color palette! You have paired everything so perfectly! The skirt is simply wonderful, any skirt or dress instantly has my approval and admiration!


  14. Love the gorgeous color combination going on in this outfit! Such a pretty look for spring and I think your hair looks fantastic!

    Jamie |



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