I've recently begun a new career, and with that comes a new dress code. It was really exciting for me the past few months, as I planned out my sewing projects so that a significant portion of my career wardrobe could me self-made.
Some of the clothes you already saw during made-me-may, but many of them (the more dressy ones) have been sitting in my closet waiting for an appropriate occasion. Now that I finally get to wear some of these clothes, I thought I might share them with you.
This was my "first day of work" outfit. All self-drafted, all grey, relatively conservative.
The shirt is made from a Liberty of London cotton lawn that I picked up at my now favorite fabric store in London, Shaukat fabrics (the next time I go to London, I may take an empty suitcase just to fill up at that store). I drafted it with pleats at the shoulder in place of darts, and I made a V-neck collar. The buttons are metal, and spaced in paired clusters.
I am really proud of the plackets on this shirt. I learned the placket technique from Vogue 8889, and then applied it to my shirt design. It is a bit confusing the first time around, but by the third time I made this placket, it was a breeze.
The skirt is made of grey cotton twill, and is fully lined in silk (plaid silk for the waistband and crimson silk for the skirt lining).
When I was planning my work wardrobe, I was really nervous about whether the clothes I make would look professional enough. But as I've been wearing them more and more, I am becoming more confident that my personal style is compatible with this new job.
How do you feel about wearing clothes you make at work? Anyone else ever feel nervous at first?