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Busy bee

2011 August 2
by elizabeth_admin

I’ve been home since Friday night, but I’ve been busy, busy, busy!  Unfortunately, none of it having to do with sewing.  As soon as I got home, I had a house guest (who graciously said she would babysit for my 3rd dinner! — Thanks Anne!)  My 3rd dinner has led to a 4th (tonight!). 

Which brings me to my topic of the day: casual wardrobe.  I have been so focused on my work wardrobe since I started sewing, that I barely have any casual clothes for socializing.  Of course, I have the “weekend-chasing-the-kid-around” t-shirts and shorts, but no cute going out clothes to speak of.   I think I need to rectify that, don’t you?  In fact, I had to run out at lunch today to buy a top to wear tonight because my 3 dinners have already exhausted my meager going out wardrobe.  Sad, but true. 

I bought this top from Ann Taylor (click photo to go to the AT site):


It’s not too low cut and hugs in all the right places while skimming in all the right places too.  Perfect top.  I love teal too!  I bought it on sale too for only $20.99.  Sure, I could have made it myself.  But probably only after muslining it a few times.  So my time was definitely not wasted here and I didn’t really spend that much on the top. 

That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to sew my casual wardrobe, but when you have a dinner the same evening, it’s just pure expedience to slap down the credit card, n’est ce pas?

But back to business…  I think I need some 3 ply or 4 ply silk to make my Vogue 8584 pants again.  I might do the elasticized ankles this time for a more kicky look.  And I definitely need some cute knit tops.  Like pronto.  I may have to dig out my old Burda magazines as they usually have great casual tops.  Any suggestions?

3 Responses leave one →
  1. Jodie permalink
    August 2, 2011

    Cute top. I’m a fan of the cute knit top myself. I really like the Jalie pattern line – lots of sizes and the patterns are well drafted with good sewing directions. You might want to buy some “muslin” knit to test them out, once you’ve got the fit worked out it should be easy to transfer pattern changes to another pattern. Knits can be forgiving, as well.

    Good luck!

  2. August 2, 2011

    Wow, that’s funny I just bought the same top. In black. Because I always think I should sew up some nice black knit tops and they always get bumped down the sewing list by something printed or more colorful or more challenging to sew. Yeah, $20 was just the right price 🙂

  3. August 3, 2011

    Sometimes you just have to buy it! I like this top a lot, and it’s easy to imagine you in it — I bet it looks great on you.

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