Welcome back to the Sew What Do I Wear: Professional Edition Blog Tour! The ladies on this tour are showcasing outfits to wear to work from sewing patterns by Patterns for Pirates and Made for Mermaids.
Today I’m sharing this super simple outfit made from the P4P patterns Sweet Tee and Pirate Pencil Skirt. These are both patterns I have used previously and are easy knit sewing patterns. I teach sewing classes locally. These are patterns I’d feel confident handing one of my Knits 101 students. This is a comfortable outfit I can wear when I teach but it’s also dressy enough I could wear to church.
This is my third Sweet Tee. My second and first makes were made of cotton/lycra. This shirt looks dressier and drapes differently because it is made from luscious bamboo/lycra from Southern Belle Fabrics. I love bamboo because it’s really soft, drapes well and it looks luxurious. It also fares much better in the dryer than rayon because it has better tensile strength. You might want to size down when working with bamboo.
My wardrobe is seriously lacking in longer sleeves because I don’t need them for a lot of the year in South Carolina. In fact, I’m rarely able to wear completely long sleeves because I’m warm-natured. I love 3/4 sleeves for winter because I can push them above my elbow, if needed. I’m really happy to have a basic fall tee in fabric that breathes well!
I changed up the hem on the sweet tee to be straight in the front and curve lower in the back.
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Pirate Pencil Skirt
I added the SOS Pant’s pockets to my Pirate Pencil Skirt. Isn’t a skirt always better with pockets? I think so! If nothing else, it gives me somewhere to put my hands when I’m having awkward small talk conversations with strangers, lol. I also added a bit of ease through the thighs. The fabric is a royal blue liverpool from Southern Belle Fabrics. I had been really wanting to get my hands on some nice, stretchy liverpool.
This is one of those skirts I could take out of my suitcase and throw on. And I LOVE the color! I do believe this is the first garment I’ve ever made in royal blue. I had a little problem with my side seams bunching because I forgot there was a universal needle in my sewing machine. So, there you go: needles DO make a difference! I’ll bust out my stretch needle and re-sew this seam sometime soon.
I hope you can see how easy it is to create a head to toe look from these simple knit sewing patterns. Check out the other blogs on the blog tour and give them some love! Thanks for stopping by!
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