Redo Your Wardrobe Series: Top Patterns

#1. Sleeveless Collar Blouse

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This top is a fantastic summer must have and the perfect layer for winter under a cardigan. Depending on how it’s styled, this top can be used in so many great ways year round. It’s the perfect wardrobe essential.

#2. Long Sleeve Jersey Top

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I love this top because the shoulder panels are so simple but add the perfect detail. This top is still a basic to have around but it’s definitely not boring. I will be attempting this top as well which is a gorgeous jersey top with a beautiful neckline.

#3. Peplum Top

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When I first laid eyes on this top I was so excited that I knew I had to add it to my wardrobe. The peplum is the perfect simple detail and the collar is a great add-on for a fancier occasion.

#4. Button Up Blouse

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I think that this top is the perfect variation of the plain old button up blouse. Don’t you think so? It’s so cute! It can be worn to work or can be styled for a Christmas party! Another one I plan on trying is this hidden button blouse. It looks so expensive it would add a richness to your wardrobe that it never had before. For any lovely plus size ladies, this gorgeous two-tone tunic is pretty fantastic!

#5. Bustier Style Top

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This one might be a little difficult to achieve for me as I have a lot to alter in the, er, chest area. I’m sure all you busty ladies feel me. However, I am determined to figure it out because I know that there is a way to alter such patterns to make them work for women like us! For those of you who are normal in the bust, enjoy! This pattern will be much easier for you. Along with this style, I will be making this bustier style top which will most likely be a lot easier and is just as pretty in my opinion.

#6. DrawString Blouse

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For those of you who are truly into DIY style I suggest you buy the Burdastyle Handbook. It’s amazing. This project is from that book and I have yet to try my hand at it. Therefore, I will be attempting it as well as my own variation. Another blouse I might try (this one is going in to the “if there’s time” pile) is this lovely tie up blouse.

So those are my DIY wardrobe tops to do! If you would like to see any other tops on this list, please let me know! If you’d like, please tell me what kind of tops you will be sewing in the new year! I’d love to hear about all of your sewing endeavours!

Redo Your Wardrobe Series: Skirt Patterns

As an add-on to my list of basic wardrobe essentials, this substantial blogpost’s purpose is to share with you some patterns that I will be working with in the near future to work towards a wardrobe overhaul.

#1. The Pencil Skirt

The one I will be attempting is a simple skirt with a straight waist band because I love that look. I will also like to sew this one because I am sure that both will add dimension to my wardrobe. When I have time, I might even try my hand at this princess seam ditty! If you are reading this and you need the plus size version, well, here it is!

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#2. The Circle Skirt

This one is awesome because it’s free to draft the pattern! It’s always awesome when you can custom make clothing to your own specific measurements. Circle skirts are definitely one of the most easy pieces to draft, and look cute to boot! I’m going to also attempt to alter the drafting to make the infamous asymmetrical design that is so in right now.

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#3. The Maxi Skirt

Another free pattern! Maxi skirts are very easy to construct and the fabric is usually very forgiving. I’ll be posting a simple DIY tutorial when I begin making this amazing basic wardrobe staple so that it’s easy for you! I also came across this plus sized elasticized pattern which could easily be altered for what ever size you are.

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So there you have it! Three basic staples that can be mixed and matched any which way. Any colour you desire. Skirts are the easiest thing to make so whether you’ve been sewing all your life or you just started as a cheaper alternative to your shopping addiction, I’m here to help you out! These skirts are flattering on all figure types and can be changed by accessorizing for different occasions. Different fabrics can be used to alter the design as well as some basic drafting techniques that I’ll share once we cross that bridge.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you look forward to the next blog post on top patterns coming soon!

Re-Do Your Wardrobe Step One: Make a List

Over the years my closet has been thrashed and re-hashed so many times. I could not tell you how many times I’ve walked up to my closet and though “wow, I honestly do not want to wear any of the crap in here”! Whether that’s because I genuinely change body size too often (gaining or losing weight) or just from the ideals of our sheer consumerist culture, it’s time to have a wardrobe that sticks. Over the last few months I’ve made a list of exactly it is that I need. I thought about my day-to-day life and exactly what it is that would make choosing my outfits in the mornings easier and more enjoyable.

First, I had to start thinking more long-term. I need basics that are going to last from season to season and that will match with any new trendy top or bottom that gets added. Neutral colours are a must. For me this means: black, black aaaand more black! Black is slimming, black is always in style and black is awesome!

Next, I thought about the things that are currently in style but won’t go out in a month. For example: peplum tops, swing dresses and floral printed anything.

So from there I made a simple list of what I want and need based simply on the things I think I will get the most use out of and what I’d love to have in my wardrobe but can’t afford to buy on a seasonal basis.

Here is the list of pieces I’d like to have in my wardrobe (subject to change):

-Pencil Skirt

-Circle Skirt

-Sleeveless Collar Blouse

-Tulip Shorts

-Shift Dress

-Swing Dress

-Cardigan

-Simple Jersey Dress

-Evening Dress

-30’s Style Bathing Suit

-Long Sleeve Jersey Top

-Peplum Top

-Button Up Blouse

-Bustier Style Top

-High Waist Trousers

-Maxi Skirt

So this is the beginning of my list. It’s possible I might decide later I don’t need something or that I need something else but I will do edits in the event of a major mind change. Anyways, that is the beginning of my research. Tomorrow I will post pictures of my findings! Until then, I love you all and I will leave you with a photo of my evening wear inspiration by Elie Saab!