I have read one of Tim Gunn's earlier books and decided it wasn't a keeper for my ever-expanding library of sewing and fashion. I am intrigued, however, by the idea of sewing with a goal in mind instead of randomly selecting pieces like I usually do. There aren't any real surprises on this 10 essentials list by Tim Gunn but I enjoy him on Project Runway so let's give him credit for a great list.
You can view the whole list on InStyle here.
- Little Black Dress: I don't have one. I know, it's shameful. Every time DH says we have an event to go to, I fail to plan ahead and then find myself at said event wishing I had a basic black dress to wear for these occasions.
- Trench Coat: I actually have a beautiful trench I bought several years ago but it no longer fits. Darn coat must have shrunk.... Oh well, time for another.
- Classic Dress Pants: I have 3 pairs I purchased from Eddie Bauer some time ago. I'm slowly getting around to hemming them. They are nice and fit pretty well but I want a perfectly fitting pair of pants so I'll add these to the list.
- Versatile Skirt: What instantly comes to mind is a basic skirt, solid color or very subtle pattern. After looking at Tim Gunn's selection, I see that an interesting pattern would be a better choice. A statement skirt.
- Fitted Blazer: As I am currently going on job interviews, I needed a jacket that fit superbly and I needed it now. I was shocked to find some RTW jackets that fit beautifully. Jones New York, I should've known. I've always admired the look of their jackets. I do have a smart-looking Vogue Claire Shaeffer Custom Couture pattern I've been dying to make so now's the time.
- Classic White Shirt: I LOVE white shirts! Tees, button-downs, doesn't matter; white looks great next to my skin.
- Day Dress: Tim says this is not a cocktail dress alternative; more like a shift, wrap or shirt dress. I have several fantastic shirt dress patterns and a few knit wraps that I'd love to make.
- Cashmere Sweater: Can't sew this one...or can I? I see great sweater knits online all the time. I did have a cashmere sweater once and I wore it at least once a week. Cashmere has the bonus of being as soft as angora without covering you with hair.
- Perfect-Fit Jeans: Amen to that! This may be my holy grail if I could ever find or make a pair.
- Alternative to the Sweatsuit: "Casual with sophistication." I have to think about this for a bit. I don't wear sweatsuits but I have some black knit pants and baggy T-shirts that are so comfortable. What would be as comfortable and significantly more flattering?
Butterick 5321: With short sleeves, can be worn in warm weather and with a jacket for cooler temps or cold rooms. I wonder if the inverted pleat at the waist would be a good belly and hip minimizer.
McCall's 5525: The classic trench, perhaps with the Peter Pan collar
Vogue 7881: classic dress pants
Simplicity 2367: Skirt in an interesting fabric or a solid with some contrasting topstitching
Burda 7618: Not THE essential blazer but in the right fabric, this jacket could be quite versatile.
New Look 6598: I've had this pattern for many years. This pattern deserves better than to waste away in my stash.
Simplicity 2403: Not the double-breasted version
For my alternative to sweatpants: I think I actually need 2 kinds of alternatives. One type of outfit that I could run out to the store in and not look like a bum. Another type for lounging around the house.
Butterick 5216: Views C and D can hide the belly and if I add some discrete coverage to the front bodice, I can skip the bra. Bras are evil.
Simplicity 2367: The pants or capris
Of course, the essentials only work if you have the right accessories. This is where I am in need of serious help. Tackling one area at a time....