I know everyone probably has their favourite websites for ideas and inspiration, I have quite a few bookmarked, but my current obsession is the Net-a-Porter website for designer clothing. It is well organised and easy to search. Do a little search on, say, t shirts in descending price order if you ever feel a need to justify how much you spend on fabric, it will make you feel much better.
In addition to all the eye candy, they also issue an online weekly magazine . Of course it is essentially a marketing tool for their products, but is just as good as the printed fashion magazines that I used to waste a ton of money and trees on. There is a tab at the top of their home page, but you can check out the latest issue here - magazine.
I am currently working on something other than a dress - I know, amazing hey?! My other staple outfit is jeans with a tshirt or blouse, and a jacket in the cooler weather so I thought it was about time to work on a few pieces. (Hence the looking around at expensive t shirts!).
I am still in love with my Vogue 1250 cowl neck dresses so I decided to draft a top pattern from it. This was very straightforward, the neckline is identical but I have added a side seam all the way to the bottom and lengthened the back piece to eliminate the waist seam there. I tried it out in a leftover piece of black jersey and think it makes a great basic for my wardrobe.
I am going to have to be careful I don't end up with a closet full of these dresses and tops, I know we always say non sewers don't notice when you re-use a pattern, but I think there is a limit! I'm thinking I could add sleeves for fall and am wondering if there is enough ease to make it in a woven, like the Michael Kors version above which also has a collar.
Two more tops in the pipeline, hopefully on their way soon!
Finally I discovered that I could upgrade this blog to use the latest Blogger software which you probably all did years ago, oh my goodness what an improvement, so much easier to move photos around.