I embarked on a new challenge for myself in late 2016 – to create a coherent capsule wardrobe. Part of my issue is I had made lots of lovely things for myself but almost none of them could be worn together without damaging the retinas of those around me.
My biggest challenge has been to retrain my brain to consider casual clothes rather than just super fancy clothes that get worn once or twice.
Amazon did a deal on the Great British Sewing Bees latest book – it was £10. I thought that was really good value for money given the number of patterns in it. They’ve also been helpful and for every pattern there is a pattern hack. This is one of them, a jersey dress that can also be a breton top – a staple casual wardrobe addition as God Wan tells us.
I did mine in a soft stripey jersey from Fabworks. It’s lovely and soft but one of those irritating fabrics that rolls up whenever you cut it. I thought I’d done a reasonable job of pattern matching but clearly the fabric on the lower side of the folded cloth was a bit wibbly since it matches on one side and not the other!
The final result is nice. Nice but not excellent.
I’m getting a little fed up making things too big for myself. I’m being very well behaved and adhering to the measurements which keep telling me I’m a big fat fatty. I make the clothes, try them on and lo and behold they’re too fricking big. In a way that’s nice because it means I’m not a fatty but it still means I’ve got clothes that don’t fit amazingly.
Aside from the fact I feel swamped my main issue with this pattern is the size of the neckhole. Either the model in the book has abnormally large shoulders or the top had some tweaks. If I make this again I’ll make a narrower neckline because I’m not keen on flashing my bra straps. I tend to consider bras as underwear not outerwear- I’m not Erin Brockovitch!
Anyhoo an addition to the wardrobe and all part of my capsule wardrobe plan.