Four years ago when I first got out my sewing machine I started off with this pattern from Burdastyle called Lydia. It's basically a renfrew and I've lost count of the number of times I've used this pattern. Call me crazy but I found knits really, really intriguing when I first started to sew and it took me ages to actually work with a woven (?!). I just loved how simple and comfortable and stretchy jersey was and it was SO forgiving of my awful sewing skills at the time. In the beginning I straight stitched entire tops like this knowing that they would eventually fall apart. Four years on I'm still wearing those same knit tops (to death) that I made. Granted a couple of them started getting little holes in the seams last winter but it's surprising to me how long they've lasted and how well they still fit me now.
Here's some pics of just two of them when I started to sew. Observe that I really liked ruffles when I started sewing?? Also observe I used to chop my head off in pictures??
|Lydia Top with folded ruffle Lydia top with ruffles|
I'm telling and showing you all this because it's often the most boring things we sew that we wear the most. I debated whether to even put this on the blog but I've learnt that one of my favourite parts of reading other people's blogs is seeing how they integrate their new pieces into their existing wardrobe. There's something really wonderful about watching other people develop and grow and make clothes that fit and flatter them. It's great to see the clothes fitting into their wardrobe and lifestyle.
So with that in mind here is my snuggly new top with some of my skirts. This is how it will get worn for a little while before my black skinny jeans become my uniform in winter.
|Teal Green Kelly Skirt Plum Skirt - Simplicity 2451 Blue Hollyburn Skirt|
The fabric was $5 a metre at a store in Cabramatta and is really great jersey. You'd think for that price it might be thin or flimsy but not so. This is the good stuff.
I'll be making a few more of these kinds of tops before winter really arrives to replace my beloved first makes. Stay tuned for some more boring-but-necessary clothing write ups - coming to you soon!