Good news!As some of you may know, I've been looking for a new direction for my day job. Although I love the people I work with, the old gig wasn't a good fit for me anymore. So, I was seriously thinking about going off and doing my own thing. A friend put me in contact with two folks at his firm that I thought were great. Long story made shorter, I start at the new place on October 1st! It's a great opportunity to build something with a great foundation, so very exciting. I may even be able to take some time off between then and now to go see the family in California -- still working on that. Britex and Lacis, here I come!
Bad news!My future co-workers appear to be better dressers than any group of people I've ever worked with. Professional attire here in Stumptown runs the menswear gamut from jeans to khaki/button down shirt to suits/ties. Womenswear usually runs from jeans to khaki/twinset to suits with me falling somewhere between the khaki/twinset crowd and suit crowd. As case in point, On Friday, I wore a black knit dress, black footless leggings, a black sweater, and kitten heeled sandles. This is perfectly acceptable and fairly typical for my current place of employment. I tend to wear a lot of black because I don't have the best color judgment first thing in the morning and so have had some notable fashion meltdowns over the years. Black goes with (pretty much) everything, yes?
Colleagues at my current job tend to fall into the khaki/button-down bucket and only wear suits when they are meeting with clients or going to meetings. Colleagues at my future job appear (from my perspective) to dress more toward the suit end of the spectrum. So, a few wardrobe upgrades are on the horizon. It was only a matter of time before I had a fit of work-wear related sewing, as I looked in my closet last weekend and realized that I dislike most of my blouses for one reason or another -- mostly fit. I've mostly been focusing on making dresses this year, because I like wearing dresses. The big gap in my wardrobe right now is professional separates.
A Problem to Solve...I looked at all the department stores, but (as usual) nothing fit the way I wanted and it was all priced way over what I was willing to pay, given the quality of construction. So, like any sewist when presented with this challenge I decided to sew my own!
So! The goal for the holiday weekend was to knock out a couple of knit shirts to wear under suit jackets and a couple of pencil skirts. I desperately need work slacks as well, so hoped to work on my trouser/pants sloper.
Weeeellll.... that didn't really happen. I fiddled around at the house, went to the coast for a little bit, watched some football, went on a long walk, knit a little on a scarf I'm making, and ended up making 2 A-line skirts, neither of which I finished, which is odd for me, and a knit top that fits okay but had terrible neckline issues. I'm not sure what to do about that so no pictures of it here today! I'm really not sure where the holiday weekend went. I really had the best of intentions and ended up being fairly unproductive. :(
Does this ever happen to you? Please tell me I'm not alone.