Earning my stripes

Ok, I’ll admit it. I can’t get enough of stripes. I own at least 10 stripey tops or tunics (each entirely different and serving a totally different purpose, of course), and if I ever feel I need to treat myself or want a quick wardrobe update, I’ll unfailingly head towards the stripes. If I’m in a rush and haven’t thought about what I’m going to wear to work, you can safely bet I’ll turn up to the office in black jeans and a breton top (this one from Joules is my current go-to).

I’ve just been trying to think about why I love stripes so much, and I’m still not entirely sure. I’m not a huge fan of bright colours or big floral patterns, so I guess stripes allow me to add some interest to my outfit. Stripes also somehow make me feel pulled together, even when I haven’t given my outfit much thought. I suspect that might be the real reason behind my love affair…

A simple stripey dress epitomises everything I love about stripes – it should be comfortable, flattering and stylish. This dress from Petit Bateau was essentially my inspiration:


I found some striped jersey fabric in the fabric shop in my hometown, but I struggled to find a simple shift dress pattern for months (I’ll use that as my excuse for not sewing for months). Fortunately, I came across Christine Hayne’s range of patterns while at Kirstie’s Homemade Fair. I opted for the Lottie as I liked the shape of the shift dress, and thought I might make the other options in the future, too.

Stay tuned to find out how I got on!



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