Getting Business Casual with a Camas Blouse and Wembley Cardigan
The fact that I will be graduating university soon and getting my Bachelor of Arts is influencing my sewing in more than one way. First off, I have a lot less time on my hands in this last stretch of group assignments, essays, and the like. Secondly, getting a full-time job and having a work wardrobe has been on the forefront of my mind.
Since I can't really predict what exact job or company I will eventually be working for, I need to plan to build quite the capsule wardrobe that is ready for any career in the creative industries. I'm going to resolve to sewing one up this summer. However, that's a post (or series of posts) for another day.
Two of my favourite me-made business casual pieces that are already in my closet are the Camas Blouse from Thread Theory and the Wembley Cardigan from Seamwork. I made both pieces this year and they seem to merge into my wardrobe seamlessly together and apart.
The best thing about the Camas blouse is its versatility. While I have sewn it in a knit (a luscious ivory jersey), like the pattern recommended, it could also be made in a woven with some forethought.
I graded down from the bust to my waist size and the finished size appears to be perfect. It shows off just enough waist definition for me to be happy but it's still super comfortable. An added bonus: it looks great both tucked and untucked!
I paired it with my Wembley cardigan which was a quick make out of some scraps I had after cutting out a Wren dress (which also gets worn frequently). The cardigan came together super fast and fit pretty well, considering I made no muslin. If anything, I think I make add some length to the sleeves. However, I really love the cropped style! It makes for a perfect layering piece over blouses and dresses.
Overall, I think both pieces could lend themselves to a work wardrobe. What do you think?