Thursday, October 28, 2010
I was thinking about the things I've made recently and what I actually wear the most and my linen Simplicity 2365 came to mind. I wear it often. It's sturdy, the fit is great and it's black- I can wear it with anything. I've been trying to beef up my work wardrobe lately. I've made many dresses and things that I can't actually wear to work, so I decided to make 2365 again. I need things I can wear around children and paint.
This time I made view A, the longer, tunic length with 3/4 length sleeves. I lined up my pintucks with the gingham and tried to match them as closely as possible. They are almost invisible (so what was the point?) I used a shirting I bought from fabric.com dirt cheap. I think I paid about $2 a yard, so total cost of this shirt is about $6. I love it when I make something for so little! I feel I've outsmarted mass retail stores.
It's all lovely french seams again on the inside. I sewed the collar on by hand to avoid the issues I had last time. Pretty straightforward and quick the second time around. This is a really nice top. I haven't had much luck with Simplicity patterns fitting properly, but this one fits nicely without any changes. I think the pintucks actually give the top quite a bit of shape, drawing it in at the bust and waist. On another note, I'm not so sure about the leggings. I wore this to work, even after I read Peter's post and all the comments about jeggings. I haven't worn leggings since I was, um-- nine?. They were comfortable, but I had a strange feeling all day-- like I wasn't actually wearing any pants at all (trousers for those of you across the pond). Not sure I'll rock them again.
I also tried to be as stylishly unique as verypurpleperson and put just one different colored button on. It didn't quite translate to chic-- just art teacher crafty. I was asked several times if I ran out of buttons. I'll be putting on another white one next time I wear it.
All in all, I do really like the top. I highly recommend the pattern. It's great for an easy going, wearable shirt-- just wear it with real pants :) Thanks for reading!