I live in the Albuquerque area—and Albuquerque is a regular fixture on the Worst-Dressed Cities list. Here, “casual” refers to athleisure wear and pajama bottoms, “business casual” means jeans, and “formal” means pressed jeans—rhinestones on the pockets optional.
Poor Mildred. She’s really beginning to wish that she had taken that job offer in New York. Working for me isn’t quite the glamorous career she was hoping for.
So I have resolved to work on making a casual wardrobe that I still feel good in, having reached an age where I feel that I have to make more of an effort to be presentable. When one has been wearing jeans and t-shirts for almost half a century, the uniform can feel a bit old, and it’s hard not to feel dumpy in it. I have gotten to the point where I feel like a ratbag in t-shirts, unless I layer them under a sweater, vest or jacket—which isn’t ideal in the Albuquerque summer.
My mission, therefore, is to make some summer tops that don’t need additional layers, and are more ratbag-proof.
This is the Four Good Measure Top, from the Shapes pattern line, by Louise Cutting and Linda Lee. It works with almost any fabric; I’ve done it before in black linen (which, unfortunately, met an untimely end thanks to some misplaced bleach) and rayon batik. It goes together in an hour or two.
I had intended to make it in a different fabric, but while I was digging through my stash looking for it, this stuff fell out–which just goes to show that, when your sewing room is beginning to resemble the layers of Troy, it pays to excavate. I had bought it several years ago, for a purpose which I no longer remember. It’s a cotton-linen blend.
No, Mildred, it is not “cattywampus.” It is fashionably asymmetrical. And yes, I did it on purpose. Here—will you feel better if I let you borrow that arty Habu cotton scarf I knit last summer?