Today, however, I’m showing separates: versatile, impartial to season (think layering), casual, dressy and no limits on the colour spectrum.
Rarely do I buy factory made clothes. I’ve never sworn off RTW with pledges or promises so sometimes I succumb to the instant gratification of shopping. I’ve become very fussy about fit since making my own clothes – a downright snob actually – which accounts for my limited shop purchases. I try something on and my first instinct is to examine the drag lines, the wrinkles, the gapes at neck and waist. I look at it and ask “If I had made this, would I be happy with fit?” Inevitably the answer generally is “No”.
I discovered Finery earlier this year – RTW with an edge. I enjoy looking at their use of fabrics and colours and slightly unusual shapes – a great inspiration. I admire the nonchalant styling – I’m wearing this because I want to, not because I want to look like my colleagues or because it makes me look sexy, but it makes me feel good. I bought stuff………
Let’s start with trousers: same style, one cobalt blue and one chartreuse. 7/8 length, side pockets and small front pleats. The pic on the left is the same style in magenta (tempting…..). The trousers do not have the fit I would demand if I’d made them myself but they’ll do. Considering almost everyone else wears RTW, I can’t look any worse than the general population.
You all know that I love my colours as much as greys and what a basis these two pairs of trousers gave me to expand upon.
I made just a few tops and now the option for outfits is endless. A perfect travel wardrobe; which it was earlier this summer. This is what I packed and I didn’t have enough days to wear all the combinations.
Cobalt with butterflies and Chartreuse with butterflies
Vogue 1247 (OOP) in poly satin
Chartreuse with pink and Cobalt with pink
Yes, it needs ironing! Pink silk chiffon, pleated blouse free pattern from Sew Easy
Cobalt with cobalt
My own Three Bears T with added side pocket, ribbed viscose jersey
Cobalt with blue/green peacock feathers.
McCalls M6078, viscose jersey so old I’ve forgotten where it came from.
Chartreuse with turquoise.
Modified McCalls M6078 to fit fabric, viscose jersey from My Fabrics
Chartreuse with orange
And I haven’t even ventured into the other classics of black and navy, and any other colour that coordinates with these colours. Surprisingly, khaki green is also a good colour with both the cobalt and the chartreuse. I love a bit of clashing. Think of this post as a very amateur attempt at the Vivienne Files for non-RTW coordinates to wear with RTW.