Butterick 5559

In 2011, I made this Maggie London dress for myself and it quickly became a favorite, despite the color not being a shade I was overly fond of. I like brown, but generally favor a darker bittersweet chocolate shade...dark like espresso. This brown was just too chocolate milk for me.

What I loved about this dress was that it looked refined enough for wearing to work, but felt like a nightgown on. What's not to love about that? It was also fitted enough for layering. I often wear a cardigan or jacket over it.

Unfortunately, since 2011, I've gained some weight and could no longer squeeze into that dress :(

Solution: make another in my current size AND in a neutral I love:

I predict this is going to be a staple in my wardrobe.

I like how the pleats meet on the side:

I just wish I had taken out a little bit of length in the back, above the waist seam. But no big deal. I think those wrinkles are exaggerated a bit by my posture in this picture. 

And, I'll probably wear it with a topper during our chilly seasons anyway.

I sewed the denim jacket a few years ago as well. It's also one of my go-to pieces. Perhaps I should make another in a different color? When something works, it works!

Deer & Doe Plantain T-shirt

I'm going to cut to the chase. I LOVE this top. The fit is great for me. The subtle feminine shaping makes me feel less schlumpy than mo...