This week, at lunchtimes and bedtimes, I have mostly been trawling the internet for patterns for tops. Tops for work generally.
I work in construction and whilst mostly office based I have to be prepared to whiz off to visit a potential new site or attend a meeting with a Client. So my standard uniform is smart trousers, heels (flats kept in the car) and a top with a jacket for winter. You can never have enough tops. And I would like more.
My tentative foray into dressmaking has opened up a massive potential for a huge increase in my wardrobe especially now that the fabric world for the dressmaker has substantially moved on offering such a vast array of beautiful washable wearable fabrics at just a few pounds per meter.
So I’ve been pinning my favourites on my Pinterest Board.
A real mixture of the independent pattern publisher and the old school pattern makers.
I have loved watching the rise and rise of the independent pattern publisher. Contemporary patterns with in depth instruction, many of which feature detailed photographic explanation of each stage. Small collections but recreated by hundreds and blogged, pinned and instagrammed resulting in iconic garments immediately recognisable as the Tilly and the Buttons Mathilde or Coco, the Colette Sorbetto top or the ByHandLondon Anna dress.
And don’t get me started on fabric!!!!! It’s a whole new world out there!
Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Maybe my second make will be a disaster. I’m quite prepared for it to be a disaster.
I’m off into Leeds market this afternoon.
I’ll let you know what I find.
Love, Lucie x