This was my second year as a counselor at Camp Workroom Social and I was determined to be smarter in the wardrobe department than I was last year. I wanted clothing that was practical, stylish, comfy and interchangable. I already knew that I was bringing one pair of shoes (some back lace up boots which were much better than the heeled ones I wore last year) so everything needed to go with those and jeans. My color palette would be black (no surprise there), gray, white, blue, and camel. These really are the colors I wear all year long anyways. I am such a sucker for neutrals.
This gave me the perfect excuse to sew up a few new things. After thinking about the criteria above, I settled on the Ebony tee in the cropped length and the Seamly Wrapped Cardigan which I had sewn up last year and loved. As for fabric choice, that was easy. I loved working with the merino wool jersey last year from The Fabric Store. They carry the perfect colors for my taste, plus the merino jersey feels so luxurious while still being washable. The perfect fall fabric in my book. I ended up going with mushroom for the cardi, and black and ochre for the ebony tees.
For the Ebony tees I wanted something cropped that I could wear with high rise jeans and still not show any tummy. I added about 5/8″ to the hem for added coverage. I would probably add a bit more next time for personal preference. Mostly because it tends to catch on my bra and get shorter as the day rolls on.
Otherwise the fit is great. I sewed up a size 8 with no issues. It was such a fast make and the fabric was a perfect match. I am obsessed with this ochre right now and want to sew everything in it. And the black was just a perfect everyday choice.
The Seamly cardi was sewn up in the mushroom color which is such a pretty, fall appropriate white. Not quite ivory, and not quite grey, a perfect blend. I also love how the color meshes up with the ochre and black.
I had sewn up the seamly cardigan before so I knew that the fit was good and that it was an easy sew. I did make the armhole a bit bigger because it was causing some bunching on my Ebony tee, but otherwise I sewed it up per instructions. My favorite part of the pattern is that there is a secret pocket on the inside facing to stash keys or a credit card. I still need to make the sleeved version of this pattern, but the sleeveless just feels like such a hip and practical layering piece for everyday.
I got home from camp last week and these tops and cardi were the perfect addition for the trip. They felt like me while still being super comfy and without being too dressed up for camp. And now I have some great new layering pieces for fall in my favorite color palette.
The only other thing I sewed for camp was a backpack which I will be back to talk about on the blog later this week.