|Simple is best.|
I made a top: a simple unadorned top, but a top that tops all other tops when it comes to my quest for plain, fuss free clothing.
Recently, I've avoided making my own clothes because past experience has revealed I have terrible judgement when it comes to choosing a pattern that results in an item of clothing I'm actually happy to wear. I've lost count of the number of dresses and blouses sent to charity shops, or given away, not because they are badly made, just that they are totally unsuited to my lifestyle. I've made 50s style dresses with boned bodices and diaphanous skirts, pussy bow blouses, and slinky Beatnik t-shirts meant to casually slip off one shoulder, which I'm sure would look fabulous on someone who's as flat as a pancake, or looks like the model on the pattern envelope.
And that's the trouble–I'm not the girl on the envelope, so the result all too often looks disappointingly different on me. Add to this, that when selecting patterns, I enter a kind of sartorial twilight zone, where I really do believe I will wear halter-neck tops and skater dresses, and I usually end up with something that only ever gets worn by a coat hanger!
But last year, I found a pattern on the Merchant & Mills website, and knew instantly, that this, at last was something I would make AND wear! As you can see, it's a humble top, totally lacking in bells, and whistles, and that always makes me happy. I can throw it on over anything and it hides a multitude of Easter egg sins, and because it's made from a medium-weight tweed, it keeps me lovely and warm throughout what is turning in to the longest ever Winter in history.
|Look, invisible pockets–what do you|
mean, you can't see them!
Oh yes, I'm on a roll now, and feel a renewed interest in clothes-making slowly taking hold of me. But I've learnt my lesson, and from now on, I'll stick to the basics and avoid anything with boning or pussy bow necklines–you know–the kind of thing they wear in Mad Men!