Looking at my everyday wardrobe as well as my inspo from week one and pinterest boards, I can see that I have three basic silhouettes that I enjoy wearing: mid-thigh to knee-length a-line dress/cape/coat, a full knee-length skirt with a defined waist, and slim ankle pants with a boxier top half. Here's a few examples from my closet:
As far as patterns go, for dresses, I feel like I really hit my stride last year and found two patterns I absolutely love: Simplicity 4475 is a raglan sleeved fit-and-flare 60s dress, and Simplicity 6820 is a raglan-sleeved swing dress which I made here, here and here. I said in my end of year/#vintagepledge round up that I could make ten more version of my fit-and-flare dress and I really think that's true--so watch out! Honestly, I feel like my dress pattern collection is big enough that I can find everything I need to hack together an endless array of dresses, and I should really only buy dresses with one-of-a-kind details... starting tomorrow. (Or really good illustrations. Or, or...)
On the bottom half, I love to wear full skirts and slim pants. While in theory I like pencil skirts, they are much less practical for me than a fuller skirt, since my job requires a lot of bending, crouching, etc. For skirts I usually just make a simple gathered dirndl or a pleated skirt, neither of which really require a pattern, and I love my Gertie pants, Butterick 5895. I'm still looking for a perfect a-line mini skirt for non-workwear.
Finally, tops. Every year after Me Made May I complain about my lack of tops and pledge to make more. Looking at what I wear on a daily basis, I've determined that this should be really easy, since I only wear like, four types of tops!
1. V-neck tee shirts. I have very little interest in making these, and I'll probably continue to purchase from a sustainable producer like Grana or Everlane. I'd also like to phase these out somewhat--I don't think they fit with my inspiration words--ladylike, feminine, vintage? No.
2. Layering tanks, for wearing under crew-neck sweaters and cardigans. I already have my holy grail tank pattern, and I have little interest in making sweaters and cardigans (although I do have the seamwork astoria that I'd like to try out if I find a great fabric).
3. Oxford cloth button downs, of which I have a large collection with some dating back about 10 years (and looking a bit worse the wear of it). Unfortunately, I don't really like sewing these--I'm looking for an alternative option that is less fiddly.
4. Boxier-fit items like mariniere shirts, crop tops and cable-knit sweaters. I'd like to build my collection of these (well, I may be set for crop tops)! I have my eye on the Toaster #1, and just have to get some appropriate fabric!
I also have the idea that I'd like to add a fifth type of top to my everyday rotation: a blousey version of #4, preferably in a drapey fabric, to wear tucked into full skirts. I made a black rayon bettine top which I like, but don't love, so I'm still on the hunt for a perfect pattern.
What are your tried and true silhouettes? Are there any you have sworn off entirely? And do you have any very simple woven blouse suggestions for me?
ps: sorry these are so text-heavy! you can always scope my pinterest for more visual aids :)
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