Dress For the Job You Want (Butterick B6258)

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When I started this blog, I was very unemployed and looking for work, any work. A few months later, I hit upon a goldmine — a five week temp assignment at a car dealership. I’d temped there before for a few days here and there, but nothing regular. Well, I loved my five week stint and then kept getting called back. So when a permanent position opened up for a part-time receptionist, I applied.

Whoo boy.

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Lots of talk swirled, lots of snippets of information came my way, and I began to get nervous. What exactly was going on?? After a month of this, I was given a full-time accounting office position. Hm. I had no background in accounting , and no interest in accounting. But I wanted to work and was assured I could learn.

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Seven months and thirty-five additional pounds later, I was moved into a different role in a different department. And within a few months of that, I was getting pulled down to cover yet a different role in still another department, where I was moved permanently six months later.

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I didn’t really like being shunted around, and didn’t feel like I fit into the company culture — as friendly as my co-workers were, they definitely thought I was a weirdo. Everyone seemed to value my work…but I was a receptionist. Nothing against receptionists, but at thirty-three years old, I didn’t feel the role built me a great present, much less a great future.

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So when I was offered a position that would be an increase in responsibility, mental engagement, title, and pay, I decided to see about it. And when I went to interview for it, I wore my power colors, red and black. In fact, I wore this specific outfit!

Line Art

The top and skirt are both Butterick B6258, which is now my TNT pattern for knit tops and skirts. I banded the neckline on the shirt as well as added cuff bands to hem the sleeves. Fun factoid: doing this reduced the stretch at the wrist, so it’s a bit snug to pull the sleeves on over my hands. The skirt is a spinoff from the pencil skirt included in the pattern. I lengthened it 3″ and slashed and spread for fullness. I also sewed the back 1 1/8″ longer than the front to accommodate ye olde derriere. And I added poofy patch pockets, which I trimmed in leftover black ponte. The skirt is also made of ponte, and the shirt is a warm sweater-ish knit.

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Well, the power colors worked, because — after a long process — I got the job! Today is my first day, and though I am nervous I am excited to tackle some real and challenging work. Huzzah for new beginnings!

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6 Comments

  1. Congratulations! You look fantastic in that outfit. Clothes by themselves won’t get you a new job but the confidence they give you that you are looking good can make all the difference to how you present yourself. It’s a double win for you. You sewed something special and you got the job!

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I suppose it depends what kind of industry you’re going into/coming from — I used to work at a car dealership, and many people got hired for being attractive and dressing well. :-p

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