I never use real patterns when sewing my clothes, but today I’m making an exception since some of my amazing seamstress friends just came out with a gorgeous new women’s top pattern collection. It has four fabulous tops in the collection, and I chose to make the Parisian top since I’ve been wanting a top with a peter pan collar. I love how it came out. I’d planned on a solid color collar, but when I stumbled upon this polka dot fabric in my stash, I knew it was perfect — I’m a sucker for pattern mixing, you know, and the combination felt so French to me (and I’m a sucker for anything French too…).

These sewing patterns are so fun, universally flattering, and super easy to make…I busted my whole thing out in under two hours (I’m the worlds slowest sewer, so that’s super fast for me). I did take the liberty of omitting the band at the waist (and extending the length of the top) since waistbands aren’t super flattering on me, but besides that I followed it exactly and it came together so easily and perfectly!

The Pattern Tour is going on all this week — follow along on their facebook page and see a bunch of other fabulous seamstresses making pieces from this collection! Also, the pattern collection is currently 40% off, so snag one now and make yourself a few fabulous pieces for spring!

top: made by me 
(pattern by Pattern Anthology, striped knit c/o Girl Charlee & polka dot cotton from my scrap stash)
jeans: similar
hat: similar
earrings: c/o Jacaranda Designs
bag: c/o sassy steals
flats: similar
  • So cute! Love the fabric choices! Thanks for sharing this!

  • I love this outfit! Effortless and adorable 🙂

  • Ms. Walk takes some great photos! And you make some great outfits 😉

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

  • Oh, I loooove the black and white stripe polka dot combo! You look amazing!!

  • love girl charlee. they have all my favorite knits! love the pattern mixing!

  • I'm obsessed with this look! You are too cute girl 🙂
    xo TJ


  • Ahhhh, LOVE it! You look amazing, Merrick!

  • I LOVE that top and wondered if you had made it yourself. You're so talented!

    But, yeah, that top is perfect. 🙂 I just love black/white, stripes/polka dots, and a Peter Pan collar.

  • This is SUCH a fabulous look – I just want to steal it right off you! It would never fit, because I'm probably a good 6 inches taller than you, but I could, you know, stare at it. Okay, I'm gonna leave now before this gets any weirder..

  • I love this outfit! That hat is so adorable! http://www.dressingdallas.com

  • Love this! You look amazing!

  • This is so adorable, I love the pattern you chose for the collar!

    Kristina does the Internets

  • This is adorable! Do you remember what the fabric was called? I can't seem to find it on Girl Charlee.

    • Sadly it looks like it sold out! But here's the name of it, just in case!

      Oatmeal Black Small Stripe Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric

  • stripes and polka dots? perfect!

  • Love this Merrick! The fabric combination is spot on! Thanks so much for posting about this for us!!

  • You're really talented merrick. While I don't think I would ever sew in my life, I come over to your posts for inspiration that I can share to my tailor or clothes I should buy…. either way your style s amazing

  • Do you have a tutorial on the blog for your top? I would love to make one!


    • The tutorial isn't on my blog…the pattern is for purchase from Pattern Anthology though! The link is in the post above, and the pattern is on sale!

  • I love this! The prints you've combined look great. Might just have to get this pattern…

  • Perfect!! It looks so good. Sadly I've had mine printed out for over a week and have yet to make it. Soon though!! Great job:).

  • I love the combo! So cute! And that hat. Especially the hat. Great color.