In my last post, Drunk Printing, I mentioned that I was searching for a good knit top pattern to make some tops for my work wardrobe. One sure way to punch up the volume in your work wardrobe is to have a variety of tops to wear with suits. Confession time: for each suit I own, I really only have one dedicated top to wear with that suit. So if you’ve seen me wear my brown suit, you’ve seen me wear my ice blue top from Ann Taylor with it pretty much all the time. It’s time to change things up a bit, don’t you think?
I did some research on PatternReview.com today to find out what different people thought about some of the Simplicity/New Look/Jalie knit top patterns. I started with those pattern companies for the following reasons…
- Because Victoria told me to use Simplicity patterns no less that 3,456,217 times and in bold capital letters no less. (And also, they do tend to have really good directions.)
- New Look: because, darn! they’re cheap.
- Jalie: because Dawn loves them and I keep hearing how great they are with knit patterns.
After completing my research I came up with the following choices and purchased them from PatternReview because they were cheaper there:
I like the top the model is wearing the best for under suits. Super cute. Second runner-up would be view B or E, but to be honest with you I can’t tell what the difference is between the two. This pattern is my favorite.
Next up is this little cowl neck number. I loves me a cowl neck. But as Trena pointed out in the comments of the last post, they sometimes don’t work well under suits. I’ll have to mull that one over for a while.
And the final New Look pattern is this cute knot top. Love it.
I looked at all of Jalie’s offerings and really liked this one. I have never used Jalie before, so I bought only one pattern to try them out. Dawn likes them and she’s made some really cute clothes with their patterns, so I thought I’d give them a whirl.
Of course, after I made this purchase, I saw all the suggestions made in the comments to my last post. Robin suggested Simplicity 4095 but I am just not feeling crossover tops right now. Still it’s a pretty top and a good suggestion. Sue suggested Butterick 5354 which I loved and will definitely buy sometime soon. Trena suggested Butterick 5283 and Burda 7866. I liked both of them, so they’re going on my sometime soon list too.
And Marie-Christine wanted to be sure to warn me against making the badly printed fabric into curtains. Apparently she spoke from experience. Marie-Christine, I consider myself warned and will not do so! ;)
I am very happy with my pattern choices (current and future) and already feel the warm glow of a great wardrobe descending onto my being. I can’t wait to receive my new patterns and start the work wardrobe manufacturing pronto.
Happy sewing everyone!