Continuing to pull unworn or little worn clothes from my wardrobe, here are the clothes I bought just after Christmas in Melbourne. At the time I was prepared to spend large amounts of money, and did spend 2 whole days trying to find work clothes, and this is all I could find, even whilst shopping with my sister, who is an expert shopper, and shares some figure oddities with me (However, she has long legs, is taller than me, and curves less, so she can get away with a lot more than me, surprizingly I still like her!). You can see why I started sewing a SWAP. The colours do not suit me, and the clothes do not fit. The shirt is grey and white striped cotton, from Jag, and the pants are from Jacqui E. I have been planning to alter them for some time, but I do not like alterations. I am making another note to myself not to buy colours that do not suit me, this is getting repetitive!
The shirt is actually quite a good style for work, having a back pleat from a yoke, like a man's shirt. It does not quite fit across the bust, showing skin inappropriately, but is quite enourmous at the waist, increasing my apparent width in a most unfortunate manner.
I originally thought that I would need to reduce the sleeve length, but fortunately, the cuffs are beautifully finished with the stripes cut on the bias, and simply buttoning them folded over once looks fine to me. I will probably push them up at work for practicality.
Edited to add: The alterations took just over 2 hours, including unpicking. I hope I remember this next time I think it will be quicker to buy than to make.