Hello, dear reader!
Are you still out there? If you find yourself reading this, know that I’m eternally grateful for your time. I believe I’m not ready to ramble about my long absence yet (oh my, three years!), as I still haven’t made full sense of it myself. I trust that, in a few years, looking back in retrospect, it will all make perfect sense. And although I’ve thought about coming back to this little journal ever so often, it just hasn’t felt right – until now.
You see, I’m a self-proclaimed tomboy by nature, so the utilitarian feel of work wear truly excites me. From a rugged field jacket to a steel-toed work boot, I take any chance to dress like a mechanic, carpenter, fisherman, explorer! I believe the genius of workwear lies in its simplicity – made with extremely durable fabrics these garments will remain in your wardrobe for many seasons to come. And what they lack in frills they definitely compensate in functionality. So, using my trusty Archer pattern, I made myself a new layering piece inspired by the staple of the workwear world: the overshirt or shacket (shirt/jacket). It’s a very classic silhouette – an ideal choice for those cooler, transitional dog walks mid-spring. Yes, it’s perfect for explorations of all kind – dog walking being optional, but very much recommended.
INSPIRATION: I noticed quite a few brands added overshirts to their collections this spring, common ground was to be found in construction and detailing (see modifications).
SIZING: I sized up three sizes (for an oversized look)
FABRIC: Soft khaki-hued cotton twill, bought at Stoffe Mahler and Liberty “Widdas Waltz” print Tana Lawn as collar/cuff/pocket accent
MODIFICATIONS: Sized up (three sizes are a little too much though), added patch pockets, used bigger buttons, added tower plackets (Archer Popover Variation Pack), flat-felled all seams, added a small brooch (Macon & Lesquoy radish bought at Papier Tigre) – optional, but very much recommended! Some more ideas: straighten bottom hem, add side entry pockets, add shoulder epaulettes, redesign cuff closure, add hidden button closure.
THOUGHTS: I believe overshirts aren’t sold to their full potential! Why, oh why are they hidden in the deepest corners of mountaineering shops? You need one – trust me! Even my boyfriend wants to steal mine – isn’t that the most thrilling compliment ever? The cotton twill is a little rigid, but it should start to soften up nicely. Some other fabric options I considered include: linen (so classy!), suede (so luxurious!), wool (so snug!), quilted (so toasty!), or nylon (so explorer!).
Yes, that’s it. I’d love to update this journal, but I’m not entirely sure if I’m back for good. I gravitate to the outdoors by nature, that – or I’m hiding in this little sewing nook of mine. So the administrative bits of keeping a blog tend to fog my mind in a very unpleasant matter.
Anyway, are you ready to board the #overshirtbandwagon this season? Remember: we are all explorers! Our mission is to observe the world around us as if we’ve never seen it before. Take note of all those little everyday wonders! Step away from the computer today! Explore, collect, document, copy, trace, repeat! Or make yourself a workwear inspired overshirt.
Or, breathe – my dear friends. Just Breathe.
That’s enough too.