Blue and green should never be seen

Today I’m working with this rather lovely vintage blouse. It’s apple green with white dots and a white collar.


I bought this in the British Red Cross shop in Barking for £3.50. The label is marked “Designed to Match” so I’m sure there was a matching skirt at some point. It’s size 14.


Truthfully, I already loved this blouse, so there wasn’t really much to be done except make it fit. I tried it on and pinned it to the right size. Since it’s a loose fitting blouse, there are no darts, so that made it really easy to just sew up the side seams quickly.


I took in about 4cm on each side.

I sewed the seams before trimming…


…and finishing the edge with a quick zig zag.


Here’s how it looks on the hanger – not bad!


I wore this with navy blue trousers. I never really understood the saying ‘blue and green should never be seen’ because it’s a colour combination I really like. This really bright green combined with navy blue has a real vintage/40s feel to it which I love.


I liked it so much I took myself off to the pub to celebrate! Cheers!






  1. learningnewtricks

    I am not too crazy about the pointy collar — maybe changing it to a Peter Pan collar would improve the look. I also love the green/blue combination. Your sweater is super cute!

    • charityshopchic

      It’s a matter of taste I suppose. Personally I really like the collar shape, even if it’s a little big – I am not a fan of Peter Pans as they make me look 12 years old! (And not in a good way!)

  2. The Coffee Lady

    My mum bought a Jacques Vert suit for my graduation – nearly bankrupted her! You did get a bargain – and I think it looks great with the navy. I wouldn’t alter the collar.

  3. Janet Friel

    When I saw the first photo I couldn’t see the potential in this blouse but you’ve turned it into a really lovely piece and it looks fabulous with the navy trousers and cute cardi!

  4. Kathryn

    I love your refashion! I really need to learn to see the potential in charity shop’s more as it’s amazing how your simple fit alterations have turned this into such a chic and cute shirt. I’ve never heard of ‘blue and green should never be seen’, the rhyme I know is ‘red and green should never be seen except on an Irish beauty queen’, no idea where it comes from, and just like strictures against blue and green together I think it’s nonsense!

    • charityshopchic

      Thanks so much Kathryn! I really don’t think there are any rules – I frequently wear blue and green together, but I think red and green is best reserved for the holidays ;-)

  5. lovenicky

    I also like the pointy collar. I feel that it is in general more slimming. But it really is a personal preference. The blue/green combo is really lovely on you. Hoorah for simple and quick refashioning projects!

  6. sunshinysarah

    I’m really impressed with your refashions! I sew loads of my own clothes using new fabric/patterns but I have started browsing the charity shops for items I can adjust – you have inspired me!

  7. Rosanna

    I was always under the impression that the phrase was “pink and green should never be seen”, which makes more sense to me! But whatever, I’m a fan of this blouse!

    • charityshopchic

      Haha yeah pink and green is not a great combo either! With enough confidence though, one should be able to pull off any colour combinations… I’m still working on that ;-) Thanks for stopping by.

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