I’ve commented before on how I love dresses and how they seem to make up an unusually large proportion of my wardrobe. Well, I think I’ve discovered why!
When getting dressed this morning I decided I wanted to wear trousers, which is quite unusual for me. So I found my one pair of smart black trousers and put them on. Fine, they looked nice, but I needed a top to go with them.
Hmm... that’s when the realisation hit. I don’t like blouses. Or tops in general it seems.
In my wardrobe I found the following tops/blouses:
2 long sleeved black t-shirts, one v-neck, one scoop neck. Both of these need to be worn with something over them really.
1 brown long sleeved jersey top with ruched neck, quite smart. I do like this one.
2 long sleeved striped t-shirts, one white (now off white) with orange stripes, one navy with white stripes. I like both these, but not with black trousers.
Grey Maria Denmark Day to Night top. Nice, but not what I wanted today.
Black and white polka dot Sorbetto blouse with ¾ sleeves. This is what I’m actually wearing.
Lovely green chiffon Zara blouse, which is new and still in the “going out” section of my wardrobe. I don’t want to wear it to work yet.
Navy and pink pussy bow blouse. Fabric is rubbish and clings to everything.
Pink bias Sorbetto blouse with sleeves that looks like a maternity smock. I need to do something with this!
There were a couple of other tunic type tops that I would wear with jeans, but not smart enough for work.
I evidently need some more tops, but I hate blouses! Most of all I hate blouses with collars and buttons up the front. They never look nice on me. The collars never sit right and the buttons always gape.
So, I’m asking for your help here. Can you recommend some good top/blouse patterns that don't have collars and buttons up the front? I don’t mind if they’re for knits or wovens, just give me some ideas please!
I have found a couple of patterns that I do like the look of.
Butterick 5610, particularly the solid blue version, top left. I wonder if this could be made with longer sleeves?
McCalls 5561, view C or D, without the elasticated hem. The photo of this one is rubbish, so I'll show you the line drawing.
That’s one mystery solved. At least I know now why I gravitate towards dresses so much!