I was reading a few of my favorite blogs this morning over a "cup of Joe" when inspiration struck once again! The first inspiration is a challenging one, wherein I joined Victoria's " 2014 Fearless February" Challenge! I participated last year and since I'm sewing all my clothing this year, (in the RTW Fast Challenge) I felt I needed to incorporate all aspects of sewing. So challenging myself to be "Fearless" is definitely a winner in my book!
The second inspiration came via Carolyn from Diary of a Sewing Fanatic...she found as she retired basic clothing pieces from her closet, they were not immediately replaced. So over time, of course there was a shortage of basics! How many of you have found yourself in this situation? I know I have and there lies the second inspiration...I also need to replace some of those missing basics! That lead me to this very next post; a basic black button up shirt!
I had one I loved many years ago and after I just couldn't mend it any longer...it finally went to the fashion district in heaven! To replace it, I selected a pattern I've had in my stash for quite a while. It's Jalie 3130...
I pulled fabric from my stash and it's a Black 100% Rayon Challis. This fabric has a very soft touch and is also very drapey. I believe I purchased this one from Michael Levine's. This is becoming my favorite online fabric store because I love their selection of fabrics, their website is so easy to navigate and their fast shipping and follow up tracking cannot be beat! Heck, I even know when my fabric arrives at my door when I'm at work!
The pattern was very easy to create and the instructions were easy enough to follow as well. However this is not a "quick" sew! There is a lot of top stitching and details which give beautiful results, but it took me a couple of days to complete this top. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining because I love the way it came out, it's just lately I've been on this "quick sew" journey. You know...the quick gratification projects! I have to say though, the couple of days work was so worth it. This is a basic black button up top spruced up by adding some shiny silver buttons for a different look..
I paired this top with my "Project Runway" slacks made last year; you can read that review again here. It turned out so pretty, I can't believe it took me so long to make another!
Oh Boy...I'm feeling a great new wardrobe in my closet this year! Thanks to all of you out there who so inspire me! Keep the blog posts coming and thanks so much for stopping by and supporting me with your wonderful comments!!