I ABHOR those boxy little suit jackets with the notched collar. I just feel like a stuffed sausage in them and PULEEZE can anyone point me to a plus size woman that really looks chic and cool in them. And please do not suggest the chick on Drop Dead Diva...I always want to lengthen her skirts and remove the jacket because once again the stuffed sausage analogy is appropriate.
So after sewing a few jackets and having a few failures, I realize that the jackets I like the most and are the most comfortable wearing have raglan sleeves and no collars...but even then unless it's "High Meeting Days" I'm most comfortable in a dress and a cardigan and/or a twinset and a skirt. I've had to "up the quality of fabric" used in my skirts when mixed with a cardigan but basically this look works for me.
Now I look professional. I feel comfortable and for the heftiest woman in my office (seriously I work with some skinny minnies - no one over a size 6/8!), I appear slimmer than the notched collar/jacket silhouette provides for me....some examples:
the original Vogue 1250 dress with cardigan
Christine Jonson dress with cardigan
Connie Crawford dress with cardigan
Black linen TNT dress w/burda cardigan
(what I'm wearing today!)
So I've decided that this is my signature work style. As I said previously professional, comfortable, works with the dress code for my office and its me. Plan on seeing more of this look!
Next...thanks for all of your wonderful comments about my Wearable Muslin dress. It truly is a wearable muslin because after a day of wear, there are definitely some things that I need to change before I make it again. The most important thing is that the neckline MUST BE raised. Quite a few men got a treat on Monday when I wore the dress because the neckline got lower as the day progressed and it didn't help that my very heavy tote bag kept dragging it to the side...where my flesh colored bra made it seemed as if I was barer up top than I actually was.
Also the fabric was a little thin for my taste. So the next one will either be lined and/or made from a beefier knit. My original thoughts about a ponte knit are holding true! The dress did garner quite a few compliments at work primarily because of the colors of the print - it was just the right print for work - not too garish or loud - subtle but professional. There's that word again! *LOL* But since I don't exactly fit in I don't want to stand out too much!
Well that's my Thursday update...
...as always more later!