Saturday, February 22, 2014

Quickie with bullet points

  • I have two ponte knit dresses and my mint green trench ready to review. Hopefully the weather will cooperate next week so I can take some photos.
  • Now that I'm actively searching for a job, I figured I should give my work wardrobe a makeover...actually, more like create a work wardrobe. My last job was casual in every sense of the word. I now want to reinvent myself a bit. I think a basic, business casual wardrobe is in order. Nothing too complicated or time consuming. A couple skirts, a few button down shirts and perhaps a dress or three. Here's some patterns that I'm considering:

From left to right, top to bottom: S2215 / B4185 / V8772 / B6016 / NL6107 / S1464 / B5947
  • Next week is the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. I want to go but then I don't want to be bothered with a crowd. Argh. 

That's it for now. Pattern suggestions for office wear are welcome. Have a great weekend!

8 comments:

  1. Love the pattern ideas.

    I wear pants a shirt to work every day. Maybe a cardigan. I'm no help :)


    Oh wait! Yes! Cardigans or knit jackets would work with your skirt/dress wardrobe!

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    1. I like the idea of a ponte knit blazer. Perhaps Butterick 5926 or the new Simplicity 1421. Also, I just bought Pants for Real People...if you have some pants pattern suggestions that would be great.

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    2. Simplicity 2700 seems to be love/hate among sewers. I can make minor tweaks yet but I am really happy with the fit that I achieved. I also was amazed (and I know Mimi and Adrienne had similar experience) with NL6189. It fit really, really well out of the envelope. It's a cropped pant though (the leg is NOT as slim as the pattern envelope shows)

      I love B5926 and think my skills have improved just a bit to allow a better experience. I wear the blazer still...even though it's WAY too large in the shoulders and the notched collar is sad :)

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  2. I agree with Nakisha add some cardigans to the mix. If you add a black dress and a cardigan, you will have a great interviewing outfit that can be pulled apart and worn separately later.

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  3. Here are a few of my favorite work separates: Simplicity 2560, Butterick 5429, and New Look 6977 for simple, comfortable knit separates. Can't wait to see your choices and finished makes.

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  4. Hi there! I found your blog through Pattern Review. I am also new to the Seattle area. I'm not sure what field you work in, and I can only speak from my own experience, but tech is just as casual here as it is everywhere else. I think that pieces that you can dress both up *and* down will give you the most versatility. (I wore a dress + cardigan to work and got asked if I had a job interview. I now throw a denim jacket on over that dress instead when I wear it to work.)

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    1. Argh. That sounds like my last job :(

      I've already accepted that I will be more dressed up than everyone else...wherever I end up working. I do like your idea of throwing on a denim jacket to dress down a bit but still look nice. I may have to invest in one.

      Also, have you met any other sewing enthusiasts here in Seattle? If so, how/where? I'm not very adept at the social stuff...

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  5. Hello Niema and welcome to Seattle. I recently found your blog through Pattern Review. I would echo Michelle and Carolyn's advice and think about adding pants and some cardigans for layering to your plan. Seattle is known as a pretty casual city and (you may have noticed) it is also pretty cool and damp. Even in summer you will probably be glad to have them. And I think less structured knit dresses are very wearable here.

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Thanks for commenting with thoughtfulness and maturity.

 
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