I love the internet! In the past two weeks I’ve found not one, not two, but threeeeeeeee new-to-me, independent pattern companies. Exciting!
Today’s find is Salme Sewing Patterns, based out of London. The designer, Elisa, is a (former? current?) architect, according to her Blogger profile, which explains the clean but not boring lines of her designs. Salme is a PDF-only line of patterns in sizes 2-18 (US). Though that’s nowhere near my size, the prices are low enough — $7-$10 — that I’m happy to buy the patterns and grade up to my size. However, Salme is currently offering a long-term sale on their patterns, and the designer has been quiet on Instagram, Facebook, and her own blog since March. I’m nervous that this means she’s closing up shop! I’ll snap up my picks tout suite, just to be on the safe side.
I may be starting a permanent job in the next few weeks, which means I’ll need a proper work wardrobe. A lot has changed in myself, my closet, and the working world, since I was last permanently employed — for the better, as far as personal expression and style are concerned.
For example, blazers have made a solid come back — but they’re not the 80s power suit kind of blazer! Knit ponte blazers rule the day for more casual office looks, but for something really polished I’ve noticed blazers like this one: no buttons, worn open, shorter sleeves, and gentler lapels. I like also that this pattern has princess seams up the back; if I wanted to lengthen it, I could go for double vents in the back right along those seam lines.
As far as what goes under the blazer, I like these looks. Sheer tops are still very much on trend in the office, and as I’d be starting work in the summer there will be hot days! So a nice, easy, slip-on dress is a great asset. [Links: Pintuck Blouse $8 — Pussy Bow Top $7 — Gathered Top $7 — Pleat Front Sleeveless Dress $8]
As for casual life, well, I saw a few maybes. The one I’d be most likely to get and make would be this Peplum Top. In my mind, I’d let out the darts, remove the peplum, add two inches of length overall, then add a high-low hem from front to back, et voila! Sleeveless crop top with a jewel neck and cool keyhole feature in front. In dressier/classier fabrics, it would be an edgy, trendy, evening piece, layered or worn alone. It’s a lot of work for a crop top, but I really like that keyhole aspect!
What do you think of Salme? What do people wear in your office (if you work in that environment)?