Here's what I avoid: skinny jeans: I just look ... weird in them. Like I need to go put on some pants. Long-sleeve knit tops with tight sleeves do me no favors. Overly blouse-y tops often look poorly fitted on me, and tunic lengths usually don't work either, though I'm less sure of the reason there. Straight skirts have historically been passed over for the ease of fuller shapes, but for my birthday I acquired this one from Anthropologie so we'll see if that changes things. I was going to just try it on to see if I should give the much-loved Beignet from Colette patterns a whirl. However it was more comfortable than expected, and the husband gave it a thumbs up, so home it came!
Sooooo .... I'm wondering whether there's the makings of a uniform in your closet? Or do you sew to try new things, to reinvent your personal style? Sewing has certainly tweaked my personal style: my wardrobe was very low on prints pre-sewing, and I had far fewer skirts, and even fewer dresses. (I still haven't figured out what kind of dress I want to wear to work, but that's another subject.) I have learned that sewing's not the place to try totally new looks ... what a lot of work to end up with something it would have taken two seconds to reject in a department store dressing room. Your mileage may differ: it does seem to me that some sewists let their imaginations run free and come up with all kinds of unexpected but flattering looks. Is that you?
Anyhow, here's the latest skirt for my uniform collection. (And yes, a few co-workers have picked up on my tendency to have a new-but-somehow-eerily-familiar skirt more Mondays than not of late.) I'm calling this one the "Moroccan Meadow" skirt. For some reason I did a terrible job getting the waistband seam aligned with the skirt side seam ... it's shifted fully a half-inch. Actually, I know what the reason is: I lined things up with the lining seam when pinning, instead of the outside seam. I hate sewing gathers so I didn't re-do it! I don't think it'll be so noticeable anyhow. I added navy piping and trim because I thought it looked nice with the light yellow-green, and I have plenty of navy options to wear on top. And navy shoes. Matchy-matchy-matchy-matchy.
As for the main fabric, it's quilting fabric from Quilthome ... I can look up the name if you are interested. The facing fabric was a JoAnn's fat quarter purchased a million years ago, and the lining's poly-cotton batiste from High Fashion, as I recall.
Now I think it's time to return to the Colette Peony!