There’s a lot of discussion out there about “cake” and “frosting” clothes, with many people saying they sew way too much frosting. I’ve always been the opposite, and sew way too much cake. I know that sounds like a good thing, and I do get a lot of wear out of the clothes I make, but sometimes I wish I were inclined to make pretty, flowery dresses too!
All cake and no frosting = boring.
For the last few years I have worked in a business casual office in New England, and wore mostly skirts and dresses with cardigans. Does it sound like I looked like a librarian? Because I actually was one, but unfortunately wasn’t really all that cute and retro. Then we moved back home to California a few months ago (yay!) and I’m working from home, and I have nothing to wear. I still love dresses, but is it worth it to wear out tights while just at home? Is that an ascetic question?
Regardless, it’s time for pants, pretty tops, comfy sweaters, and flats. Which really means, besides the pants part, it’s time to sew frosting! I envision a closet full of pretty, relaxed blouses and camisoles, and thanks to a huge Fabric Mart sale earlier this year, this is going to be a reality!
On to pattern testing:*
I made this blouse a couple months ago as a test run for S2211, the Lisette Market blouse. I had really high hopes, but sadly this top just doesn’t work for me. It’s so big in the back; I had to put in darts, take in the sides, and it’s still not right. The top part fits okay, though, so maybe I can figure something out. In my disappointment about this top, though, I suddenly remembered that I have this one shoved in the back of my closet:
I made this, oh, two years ago? I loved the fabric and it turned out well, but it had a twisted collar that looked terrible under a sweater, so I never actually wore it. Two minutes with the seam ripper, and I have exactly the sort of top that I’ve been coveting! I want to try these new patterns as well.
|Views D, E, C minus the elastic|
|Peplums aren’t out yet, are they?|
|Love everything Jen does|
*i guess blog rules say your pictures should be the same width and fill the entire width of the column. sorry. not yet. maybe someday.