For awhile I’ve been frustrated with my tops. Until this year, they were entirely store bought. I also hadn’t bought a new top in so long that most were aging & they made my closet feel like a snooze fest.
I have a great aversion to sewing zippers in tops- I still have yet to do one despite (let’s be honest) probably hours spent looking at zippered top patterns. And this makes absolutely no sense as I think of my zippered dresses as being super speedy to put on.
My recent closet inventory revealed that almost all of my tops are knits. They’re just so easy to take on & off. Pull, stretch, on! And they snap right back into shape. I’ve gotten so used to this easy on, easy off that having to sew & use a zipper seemed like some horrible task. Unzipping, wriggling into the top & zipping myself back up at an awkward angle would add so much time to my mornings that I would always miss my train to work & because I’d be always late my boss would fire me & I’d end up destitute, forced to live on the streets as I tried to peddle my immense fabric stash for a few pennies so I could eat a single meal a day at McDonald’s. I’d take up residence downtown by the greasy fried fish fast food place that’s next to an alley & sitting atop a milk crate I’d shout: pure silk $2 a yard! Button a penny, 15 for 10 cents! If you knew how averse I am to McDonald’s & fried fish stink you’d know what kind of a hell I’d be living in.
So what I’ve been meaning to ask you for awhile is what’s your stance on zippered tops? Would you be so kind as to fill out my little poll? Also let me know if you have a favorite zippered top pattern. I need one for my Foundation Garment Challenge.
To further expand the conversation, Steph at 3hourspast posted about how knits seem to be viewed as regular day-to-day clothing by most people (as in those who don’t sew), whereas wovens are seen as being more dressy. This helped me understand why I’ve been so drawn to woven top patterns.
It also made me realize that the few RTW wovens I do own are button down work shirts. Most of my knits are pretty casual & plainly constructed. Some knits can be fancy pants attire though. And funnily enough, those are the shirts in my wardrobe I’m consistently drawn to. I’ve even been entertaining ideas of remaking them.
While I wouldn’t go to a grand ball in a t-shirt, these are the shirts I pair with my nicer skirts for a more dressed up & adult look. It seems the key to making knits look more dressy is taking the time to add minimalistic details, i.e. not a bunch of colorful DIY flowers. But, my assessment of this is limited to my own wardrobe. Do you think other elements can make knits look dressy?