These are two makes that I think are quickly becoming wardrobe staples. I love a simple white shirt especially a fairly casual one. Its an easy to wear choice that doesn’t require much thinking. I never decide what I’m going to wear until I get up in the morning and usually when I get up I have two little people asking me a hundred questions or needing help with what they are wearing! So it’s great (particularly when running late – always!) to have a simple shirt that I can throw on with jeans or trousers that will definitely look OK no matter how harassed I am.
The shirt pattern is Thread count 1617 which came free with a sewing magazine a few months ago (unfortunately I can’t remember which mag it was). There are various versions on the pattern. I chose this long line version with pockets and roll back sleeves that fasten with buttons and tabs. I used semi sheer check cotton fabric from my shop.
I am really happy with the way it turned out. I Love the proportions of the style. The make up was easy and went together quickly with no problems. The fit is exactly what I hoped for and it feels great to wear.
The one thing I forgot all about for some reason was pattern matching. Despite thinking about pattern matching almost on a daily basis I just didn’t on this. The checks are quite subtle on the fabric because they are self colour. However I was a bit disappointed to notice how badly ‘out’ they were down the sides. Due to me not even considering pattern matching while I happily chopped the shirt out. Nevertheless it hasn’t put me off wearing this shirt. I love it. I think I will be making more shirts with this pattern. I might try a printed cotton lawn next.
The trousers are a version of my self drafted cigarette trouser pattern that I’ve made a million times. I’m a big fan of the whole Athlesiure trend where easy workout clothes meet everyday styles. I wanted a pair of comfy jersey trousers that were more trouser than jogger. These have side pockets and elasticated waist. I used an Art gallery knit fabric. The elastane in this fabric gives it a bit of body but they still feel light and comfy. I think These would also work out well in a drapey woven viscose. Maybe a bit late for this year but I may well try them next year.