I dress modern, but I love pretty details. I prefer buttons to zips and I even enjoy sewing them! I also prefer to wear woven tops (less cling, fewer dog hairs!). For my indie outfit I made a white shirt (Hey June – Willamette) and then a button up skirt (Pauline Alice – Rosari) to go with it.
Hey June Willamette Shirt. I purchased this pattern on its release, these oversized shirts seem to be popular in the sewing world lately and they look comfortable and trendy. I like the loose kimono cut sleeves with some coverage. I chose to print the cropped version because I need more shirts that pair nicely with separates. I’ve started another cropped version in a Hawaiian print cotton – I will get to the other views eventually! You can sew it in a standard length and a contrast version – which would be lovely with reverse stripes or an eyelet fabric contrast.
The lighting is better here, I think you need a dark backdrop to photograph white.
This white cotton poplin I purchased in 2016. It’s the perfect shirt fabric because it’s not too transparent, topstitching looks crisp and it presses well. I used medium interfacing for the collar and a light/medium for the front facings.
My only dislike is that I would prefer a collar stand but it is fine for a casual shirt.
I added two dainty clear-white buttons partly for modesty and I like the shirt look for this fabric – When I come to sew a drapey version I won’t resist buttons on that too!
ROSARI SKIRT –
Pauline Alice has such a lovely, carefree but pretty style. This skirt is the first pattern I’ve sewn up and I loved sewing it.This skirt was released in 2015 so I don’t know why I hadn’t noticed it before?! I adore the denim coin-pocket skirt and I would love a white denim or twill version. Fabric is a navy and white bengaline, which has a stretch but it is not needed. I used golden/charcoal tortoiseshell buttons. Understitched the button facings and waistband so it was crisp to press and topstitch. I would say the waistband comes up 1 inch smaller than the garment measurement listed. I left off the belt loops.
This skirt is good value at 8 Euros (pdf) with four different pocket types and two lengths. You can sew a pleated pocket, coin -jeans pockets, plain pocket or zip pocket. Really happy with this outfit and I know I will sew multiple repeats! It is also office friendly.