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Sew Over It – Francine Jacket: Part One

I may have mentioned once or twice on this blog that I’m focusing my sewing on my working wardrobe for the time being. I’m really pleased to have been able to make some great blouses, skirts and trousers, and the last remaining wardrobe gap for me is a well fitted jacket. 

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Tie-strap Silk Cami

  
I’ve had this amazing ivory linen from Guthrie & Ghani in my stash for some time now, so when I realised I have a party coming up with a “white and denim” dress code and couldn’t find anything I wanted to wear to it, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

It’s a barbecue/garden party so I wanted something casual, with room for my food baby (that post -dinner bulge around my belly!), but not too basic. I also couldn’t be bothered to print and assemble a new PDF, so wanted to work with a pattern I had already used and fitted.

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The Anderson Blouse

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In thinking about the things I wanted to fill this whole ‘carefully curated wardrobe’ with, one wardrobe gap I identified was a set of classic, elegant blouses to wear with my separates. I want to move away from living in sheath dresses and build in a bit more versatility with some staple-but-lovely separate pieces. It’s a cliche, I’m sure, but I want Olivia Pope’s wardrobe on a real person’s salary 🙂

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Another (not) Silk Cami

  
I got some unexpected sewing time today since my brother came round to spend time with the boys… I don’t think he’d been here more than five minutes before I handed over Baby Boy and snuck upstairs 🙂

I’m actually half way through making an Aster blouse in ivory crepe but I got stuck setting in the sleeve and decided to distract myself by whipping up another Sew Over It Silk Cami for layering when I go back to work next month.

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Sew Over It Silk Cami

  
 
A couple of nights ago, Baby Boy decided not to go straight back to sleep after his 2 a.m. feed. Apparently it was play time! Long story short, by the time he fell asleep again at 3.30 I was wiiiiiide awake. So what else could I do but get out of bed and get a bit of sewing in?!

I decided to blitz through making a simple top for layering under jackets/cardigans for work and since I’d already purchased the Silk Cami pattern by Sew Over It for exactly this purpose, it was a no-brainer.

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