On 10 May I wore:
Me-made Simplicity 2593 in Liberty Claire-Aude
This top is one of the first items of clothing I ever made. It's part of my spring/summer wardrobe, so it was nice to get it out of storage again. I'd sort of forgotten about it (the best thing about unpacking the new season's wardrobe is rediscovering old favourites) and it's a really good basic top. I like this pattern, and definitely want to make another (the version with the twisted collar).
On 12 May I wore:
Me-made Wiksten Tova in Nani Iro Fuwari Fuwari brushed cotton
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Shoes: Clarks Originals
Can you believe that this is only the second time I've worn this? It's because it's a weird length for me: generally, I don't do tunics. But I love this top, and don't want to shorten it because that would mean having to lop off some of that very beautiful print (and I was so deliberate with the cutting to make the most of it).
At roughly the half-way mark, a clear pattern emerges: my outfits consist primarily of me-made tops, jeans and (most often, Clarks) shoes. In warmer weather, instead of jeans it's usually shorts or turned-up khakis. My office has no dress code, so I can be as casual as I like. I usually start the week in very smart attire (pencil skirt and heels), but by Friday it's jeans and Converse (actually, I work from home most Fridays, so it's "lounge-wear"). I'd like to add a few more casual skirts and dresses into the mix. I think I fall back on the jeans-and-top combo because it's just so easy (and I'm on auto-pilot until 10am, so the fewer decisions I have to make in the morning, the better).
On 13 May, I wore my second (and quite possibly last) Violet blouse. I finished this up last week, and was so excited about wearing it. It's a bit Cath-Kidstony and on the twee side, but I think it's cute. However, after about 10 minutes of wearing it, it had to come off (and so no outfit photo).
|Excuse the creases, but I pulled it out of the laundry bin for the photo|
I don't know how to diagnose the fitting issues, perhaps you can help?
Basically, it looks absolutely fine if I don't move. In addition to the SBA, I took some of the excess out of the back (about 1/2") and that fits better (roomy, but not baggy). The problem I had with wearing the top is around the high bust area. The collar gapes right at the centre front, and after moving around a bit, there are some weird small folds of fabric around the high bust. Also, the blouse rides up a bit and bunches up under my arms (and I'm not doing any exaggerated movements for this to happen - just walking around). Did I do too much of a SBA with this? Does that explain the folds? It doesn't feel tight anywhere.
I was quite disheartened by this, and felt a bit "one step forward, one step back" with my sewing. So I've cut out a couple of Tovas to work on this week, which should be a nice boost to my confidence. If nothing else, I can happily spend the rest of my sewing life sewing up Tovas. After all, they look great with jeans.