I have enough blazers that sit unworn in the closet. What I needed was cool and easy-care tops to wear around the house during warm days. That brings me back to "everyday plenty". How much time to you spend sewing a "couture" jacket and how does that translate per wearing? Do the same for a tank top.
YMMV, but the investment return of a tank top beats the one for a jacket in my real life.
My sister is returning to sewing and asked me to recommend shell patterns. I was wary of recommending something that works for me and not for her. For instance, I have excellent results with vintage Calvin Klein patterns from the 1980s and 1990s. Iliana, who performs FBAs in her sewing, wrote:
I've always felt like Calvin Klein depended on having very flat-chested, boyish-figured models as there's not much shaping in evidence, and the people you see successfully wearing the designs generally seem to be that body type.So, when my sister admired the Liberty lawn shell made up in Vogue 1071, I could not recommend it for her. I like it enough to have made it three times, but I cannot recommend it for her very different figure.
I do unequivocally recommend Simplicity 2938. I've made it three times. The princess seams allowed me to make a SBA in the bust and a broad chest adjustment in the chest. The end effect is a top that fits perfectly smoothly. There are 31 reviews on Pattern Review. Look at the variety of figures of women wearing Simplicity 2938 on Google images. Look how many are smiling!
There is a connection between these disparate thoughts. Don't save your "best" sewing techniques for things you wear on special occasions. Take the time to do it on the pieces you wear the most often. It's my version of everyday plenty.
The other sleeve would have yielded a large enough piece for the center front panel, but I opted for a double layer of this delicious piece of preconsumer waste cotton lawn.
Carmegeddon 2 adventure.