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Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Work clothes

Summer work clothes!

I am going to be starting a more professional job at the end of the summer and need some additional clothes that are appropriate for my new position.  I love maxi dresses, and have several, but noticed I didn't have any maxi skirts.  What?  They are so comfortable and I've made a bucket load for one of my daughters.  I decided to make one for myself with a coordinating top and a little jacket, just in case it gets chilly in an air-conditioned office.

I fell in love with this sparkly black and white knit.  I know, I know.  I use a lot of black and white when I sew but I love how effortless it is to put together.  This knit is soooo soft and that hint of sparkle is an added treat!  It doesn't seem to be available anymore but there are lovely other knits available, even in black and white!

This skirt is a TNT pattern for me.  It is super simple with two side seams and a waistband.  It literally takes me an hour to make!  I don't like to string elastic through a casing so I ended up sewing the two elastic ends together, stuffing them into the waistband, and then stitching the waistband to the skirt.  Super simple and no opening to fiddle with when you're done!

For the top, this is a new to me pattern.  This is the StyleArc Seaside Sue top.  I love the v-neck, which I don't sew a lot of but I decided I needed more of this style in my wardrobe.

Seaside Sue Top Sewing Pattern By Style Arc - Great throw on tunic with interesting hemline

This knit was easy to work with.  It washes and dries beautifully, is comfortable and I am glad I made these into separates.  The top will work great with both black and white pants and the skirt will work with other tops as well.

I also wanted to make a very light little jacket to wear as everyone tells me my new office is very cold in the summer.  I am rarely cold, so I can't imagine being cold but wanted to make this little jacket just in case.  This is another StyleArc pattern called the Marley Woven Shirt.

Marley Woven Shirt Sewing Pattern By Style Arc - Boxy shaped shirt featuring wide hems & ¾ sleeves

I thought it would be perfect for a lightweight shirt to wear over a sleeveless top or dress.

This is made from a light-weight crepe.  I love crepe.  It is easy to work with and is so awesome to wear.  I will probably keep this in my office for the warmer weather months to ward off the possible chill.

Both of these fabrics were great to sew with, washed and dried beautifully, and will make some very functional pieces in my wardrobe.

Thanks for reading!
Sue from Ilove2sew!


  1. These are some great wardrobe essentials!

  2. These are some great pieces! I'm such a sucker for asymmetric styles, and this is a cool top! The split cuffs are a cool detail, but I'm curious how they do in the wearing--do they fall down more if you cuff them up without the button?

    1. Well, great question! I actually haven't worn the jacket yet since it has been so hot where I live! There is no button on the cuffs and based on the fabric weight, they won't stay up without help. The jacket is only 3/4 sleeves.

  3. Love the little jacket and it will be ideal to ward off the chill in your air conditioned office.