I’ve been working for about 5 months now and I just noticed that I don’t have much of a work wardrobe. I came home one day and said to my mum ‘I need more skirts… do you have any old skirts?’ and she said ‘why don’t you make one?’. That was a good question, why haven’t I been sewing my own work wardrobe? I spend 5 days of my week at work and 2 outside of it, so I should be sewing more work clothes than play clothes!
Sorry about our curtains. They’re a relic from the 80’s and haven’t been changed since the house was built. They’re so awful.
This is a modified version of the Deer and Doe ‘Airelle’ Blouse. I chopped off the sleeves to comply with my workplace’s ‘bare beneath the elbows’ policy and added a faux placket. This is a size 36 with no modifications and it fits pretty well. The only issue I have is for some reason shirts have a tendency to ‘slide forward’ on me, and the shoulders don’t sit right after I move around. I don’t know how to explain this, all I know is I’m often shifting my shirt so that the shoulders sit where they should.
I also should have taken the sleeves in with a cuff or at least decreased the width of the sleeves, because they are sort of winging out aren’t they? Like I’m about to take flight or something.
I don’t think I need to talk anymore about Deer and Doe patterns. Our love is tight, everyone knows it. I think I own 4 of their patterns now and plan on buying more.
I’ve also been planning
. I know, gone are the days (apparently) when I make a thing and go ‘this… doesn’t go with anything in my wardrobe’. I’ve been using Polyvore
to make sets of things I already own and what would go with them. I’m also trying to pick items that I already own the pattern for, like…
And I don’t own By Hand London’s Victoria Blazer
… yet. It’s only a matter of time.
Colette’s Hawthorn blouse for this top, with the front placket removed.
I’ve found that I have more issues with finding suitable patterns for work appropriate bottoms than tops though. I’ve found that almost every top in a neutral black/white-ish colour works pretty well.