A package arrived in from J Crew today. Three items were ordered; one item will be sent back. One item is perfect. The fate of the third item has not yet been decided; it is not quite what I hoped for but appears to be more versatile than I expected.
This little silk number looks like somthing I shouldn't be able to wear. And it was surprisingly more attractive than I anticipated. I wanted to wear it with a particular skirt, but it looked horrible with a skirt, made me look like a big purple blob with a skinny neck and skinny legs sticking out the other end. With slacks however it was enchanting and even slimming. But it is so badly made: the zipper poking out at an unattractive angle, the seams wonky and puckered. It isn't worth buying.
The neckline and the top two ruffles look great with a wide black belt however, making me think that I should make a blouse with the top ruffles and the scoop neckline and soft billowy sleeves. I would wear it with the wide belt and slim tailored pants. And if I hadn't tried this shirt I never would have thought of it.
Second: A simple belt is the perfect item. Narrow. Pretty. What more can be said.
Third: A grey scoop neck tee with three quarter sleeves.
Now I have been looking for the perfect scoop neck tee in the perfect shade of grey since I finished this sweater in August. I would have thought it would be easy to find a scoop-neck grey top, and it was, but not the right scoop-neck grey top. It's not that I haven't been wearing the sweater, I have, but I always wanted to wear the sweater with a particular pair of pale grey pants but I've never found the right top. I've been to the stores and come home empty-handed. I've shopped online and sent everything back.
I would have happily made a gray top, but I don't have the right shade of grey jersey in my stash. In fact I have very little neutral solid-color jersey in my stash, always figuring I could just buy a tee if I wanted one. So much for that idea.
Nor could I find the right shade of grey jersey online. Emma One Sock had one, but it was sold out before I started looking. Pale, cool grey does not seem to be the color of the moment in the fabric world.
I converted two turtlenecks into this top, but it was too casual.So when I saw this grey top on the J Crew website, I ordered it, always hopeful but not really expecting it would work. And was pleasantly surprised. It is not quite as low cut on me (there is that long upper torso showing up again) and it is fairly flattering although not perfect.
The neckline is not quite what I wanted however: I wanted a simple modern band, preferably with a little width to it. I wasn't looking for gathers although this neckline isn't bad. The combination of gathers peeking below the beaded edge of Mine gives it a bit of a Tudor feel; it is not perhaps the look I was aiming for.
On the other hand, I just looked and Emma One Sock does have the perfect shade of grey jersey now so I could just order it. The pants are already getting a little loose. Light grey pant fabric is well represented in my stash so I could just set the two pieces aside, ready and waiting. Mine, after all will be with me a long time. Why compromise now?