Hello, again and welcome to part 2 of my Autumn mini capsule wardrobe round up. I thought starting with the tops of my capsule made the most sense and if you recall, in my introduction post, I decided to do 4 tops. I went with two woven tops and two knit tops.
First, we will start with the easiest of the four tops - my TNT (tried and true) Concord t-shirt by Cashmerette. Guys, I didn't even know how badly I needed a t-shirt that was built for boobs until I made up my first Concord. For the larger busted among us, Cashmerette patterns are a beacon of light. Basically, I really love them. So when I was planning out my mini capsule, I knew I wanted another long sleeved Concord to use on it's own and as a layer piece. Couple that with some navy rayon jersey I had in my stash and this wardrobe workhorse was born:
Not much else to say about this staple other than it goes with the entire wardrobe without any issues at all.
Next, I wanted something a little more interesting. While going through my top patterns, I came across this V9207 by Marcy Tilton. I liked that it was a knit top with bust darts that had a bit of a party in the back vibe. Also, I unearthed some teal ponte from my stash that I wanted to use and, low and behold, I found a matching teal wool gauze in my stash as well. I felt the stars were aligned, so this top was born.
While I like the idea of this shirt, I'm not over the moon with this one. Unfortunately, I think the ponte I used was too thick. If I hadn't been so excited over the accidental match with the wool gauze, I would have probably gone with something a little more drapey. That being said, I do wear this, but not as much as I had hoped.
Third, is a woven t-shirt. I tried making M7542 at the beginning of the year, but in an act of outsmarting myself, I made the arms incredibly small. So small, that when trying it on at my annual sewing retreat, I had to be pried out of said shirt. While this did provide much comedic relief for the day, I had used some vintage Liberty and was completely gutted at the mistake. My daughter, however, received a fantastic top. Needless to say, while I still really wanted to try this top, I needed some time to get over my first disaster. Again, when I was trolling my pattern stash, this jumped out and I decided it had been in time out long enough. I also had a small yardage of some pink oxford shirting (why did I buy so little?!!!) so they were, again, a perfect match.
Truth be told, this was my least favorite top upon completion. I think it is the high neck that bothers me the most (I tend to get uni-boob if there isn't enough skin showing on my chest). However, after going through these pictures, I think I like the way it looks on me. This may change my opinion of the top going forward. Hopefully, I grab this one more often!
Finally, my favorite shirt of the whole bunch. This is M6436 and I love this pattern! I mentioned in #bpsewvember that one of the greatest things about learning to sew, was finding out that silhouettes I could never wear in ready-to-wear were some of the most flattering when they actually fit properly. This is definitely the case with the button down shirt (or shirt dress). I am only 5'2" with a large bust, narrow shoulders and short arms. This meant that in order for a top to button across my bust, the shoulders were swimming (not a cost effective alteration!). Therefore, I never wore anything that buttoned down the front. Enter the FBA (full bust adjustment), when doors were opened to my large busted frame. Since learning this amazing pattern alteration, I haven't looked back and have been sewing ALL the button down garments I can get my hands on. Not only do I really love shirtmaking (its so methodical and therapeutic), but I find this silhouette to be very flattering as well. It also doesn't hurt that this baby is made from some amazing Liberty Tana Lawn that was also languishing in my stash.
That about wraps it up for the tops in this mini capsule. I hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for part 3, which will be the 2 dresses!