I've been considering my wardrobe a lot over the past few months, I had a lot of handmade garments but many were made on impulse (working in a fabric shop will do that!). Some no longer fit, some I no longer like and others need something to go with them (tops etc). So a while back, inspired by Myf and her year of living with less, I went through my wardrobe. I packed away things I have made and want to keep for my girls, made a pile for the op shop, threw away the few things that were beyond repair and added some to the mending/refashioning pile. The rest were organised into seasons and some were packed away for more suitable weather.
In the bid to have a more sustainable wardrobe I have been making more conscious decisions about what I make. I wrote a list of things to make for winter which mostly consists of basics that will last the season and beyond. I've felt uninspired by the patterns that are available for some time, they all seem to be so same same. Have you noticed that too?
A few months back I made up a muslin of the Scout Tee from Grainline Studio using a fabric from the stash to test the size. I had seen a few made up by others and needing some tops to mix and match with the many skirts and pants I have I thought this may be a pattern I could make again and again.
After measuring and cutting my size I found it was tight across the back. I figured I''d need to make some adjustments and I seem to need to include this particular alteration in any tops or dresses I make now which makes me wonder, what changed? Did my posture change? Is it from the bike riding or the body pump classes I do? Maybe the next size up would have been a looser fit but I didn't want a boxy oversized top. Instead I used this tutorial to create a full back. I lengthened the sleeves to 3/4 length and to use as much of the fabric as I could I lengthened the top into a dress. I used a remnant of wool,viscose and elastane which is a heavy weight jersey. The weight and drape of this fabric works perfectly with the pattern resulting in my current favourite dress!