The shirt. It's on all those wardrobe essentials list, mostly accompanied by the words "classic" and "white". I can't seem to work it into my wardrobe very well. I did want to sew one though, so that's alright.
My fabric is a Liberty print. The pattern is Vogue 2634.
The back view. I added back darts.
You can see here that I used a contrasting fabric for the collar stand and plackets. Only it is in a similar colourway, so this effect is subtle.
Like many of you, I love reading style guide books. Earlier this year I picked up Wardrobe 101. I compared their essentials checklist to my own wardrobe
- tailored jacket, short jacket, fitted jacket and trench coat. Whilst I own these, I only really wear my Chanel style jacket.
- tailored pants - again, own these, rarely wear them
-wide-legged pants - tick
-jeans - tick
- the perfect skirt - tick, tick, tick
- full skirt - I'm not sure that this is an essential, outside of a bush dance or ballet concert
- collared shirt - see above
- statement top - tick
-knit sweater or cardigan - tick
-tee-shirt - tick
- day dress - I have several, but none of them is the perfect dress, still searching
- little black dress - which I do wear occasionally, but I always feel boring in black
- special occasion dress - plenty of these, but they don't leave the cupboard too often.
So it seems, I meet the list, but these are not the clothes I wear every day. I've started my own list to work against instead.
* jersey dress, appropriate for work or somber occasions, when you need to grab an outfit in 30 seconds after you have just sat in somebody's yoghurt. Essential that this dress does not require ironing.
* pull-on dress, no fussing required, to be grabbed on your way to answering the front door, or when you should have been somewhere 20 minutes ago.
* t-shirts, take the time to find a flattering fit
* knit tops, dressier than t-shirts, but also must not require ironing
* statement top, for all those times when people mostly only see your top half anyway. Throw on with jeans for any occasion when you are not sure what the dress code is. Ironing is permissible.
* cardi / scarf that is able to be rolled up into your bag
* tights / leggings, to go under all those dresses you made / bought, forgetting that you are not in your twenties anymore
* skirts / pants / shorts. Forget the fashions, Choose styles and lengths that flatter. Pockets are handy but not essential.
* one dress that makes you feel gorgeous. Matching heels. You may need a matching bag if you don't have a bloke with pockets.
* pretty pjs
* swimmers in which you are prepared to be seen in public. It is a lot more fun in the water than watching from the sidelines.
* cute exercise clothes. I only exercise to help me look good and it defeats the purpose if I am wearing baggy old uglies for the duration.
* underwear that you can forget about once you have it on. No pulling, pinching, fussing allowed.
What do you think? Anything missing?