Work Wardrobe: The Boxy Tee Alternative

This is my second completed top for my fall work wardrobe plan (pats self on back). It's already been to a meeting or two and settling nicely into my closet quite nicely.

Pattern: New Look's Misses' Dress or Top #6513
Fabric: 1 yd thick knit

I was originally planning to try out the Style Arc Dimity Top but it fell prey to the same bad scaling job I did on my other recently-printed PDF patterns. Rather than make a child-size top (or, you know, reprint it), I decided to use another new pattern that I had on hand, New Look 6513. The pattern is for a woven top but worked equally well with this more stable knit.

While I have made my fair share of woven boxy tees, lately I have been looking for an alternative that could be just as comfy but a bit more stylish. The split neckline and front pleats of this pattern give it a bit more interest and some shaping that I hope will make it a more wearable piece in my wardrobe.

I made a few small modifications to this pattern, as I tend to do. Rather than using a facing piece for the split neckline, I just pressed the center front seam open and topstitched the raw edges. I also shortened the sleeves, although sewer beware they might be a bit tight had I made it in a woven. I believe I also topstitched the pleats down because the knit fabric doesn't hold a press that well. The busy fabric hides the pleats some, but you can still see where they release, giving the garment a nice shape. 

 I'm hoping to continue on my plan of making some thoughtful pieces that work seamlessly in my new work life. However, I'm already getting distracted by pattern testing, Halloween costumes, and new coat fabric, so we'll see how far I get on my wardrobe plan this fall. I'd love to get a few more of these done this year.

1 comment:

  1. that top is really cute and smart to make in a knit. I find a lot of woven patterns that could be made in knits which makes them a bit more comfy and warm. I have that pattern and keep intending to sew it up.


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