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Sewing Your Career Wardrobe

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In the world of professional growth and personal expression, few avenues are as empowering as crafting your very own career wardrobe through sewing. If you spend hours at your desk or on the move, you need clothes that fit well and make you comfortable – so sewing your own clothes that are tailored exactly to your measurements is the perfect solution.

With more and more people returning to offices after a couple of years of work-from-home, quality workwear is becoming essential. Sewing your own wardrobe for the workplace helps you to look and feel your best in one of the places where you spend most of your time – which is incredibly important. At Pattern Emporium, we want to help you create your perfect work wardrobe, which is why we’ve compiled a list of workwear essentials to help you get started in your sewing journey.

What Pieces Do I Need for a Work Wardrobe?

The answer to this question depends not only on your career but also on your workplace’s dress code. A corporate lawyer will dress quite differently from a hospitality worker and will need a different career wardrobe to suit. The top thing to remember when you’re dressing for work is to make sure you are comfortable and can perform your job to the best of your ability!

Workwear Tops

All In Easy Fit Shirt

When it comes to tops, no matter where you work, you can’t go wrong with a classic button-up shirt. Our All In Easy Fit Shirt sewing pattern is a timeless addition to your wardrobe – and versatile, too! This pattern can be customised to fit your personal style, with options including two types of collars, optional pockets (for some added practicality) and four types of sleeve options! It’s the perfect staple that can be dressed up or down depending on the workplace.

Sweet Cheeks Sweater

You need to have a sweater in your career wardrobe for when it gets a little chilly in the office. And what better way to find the perfect sweater than by sewing it yourself? Our Sweet Cheeks Sweater is the perfect essential, and it has plenty of customisation options, allowing you to make multiple types of sweaters with one pattern! Choose from four different necklines, four lengths, and different sleeve types, too.

Work Bottoms

Slay All Day Skirt

As for work bottoms, you can never go wrong with a classic skirt. Skirts are perfect for pretty much any office dress code, and the Slay All Day Skirt is no exception. Designed to be made with four-way stretch knit fabrics, this skirt is a work wardrobe staple and can be sewn to suit different levels of professionalism. With five different split designs, four different lengths and three waistband options, you’re spoilt for choice! 

Urban Pants Collection

Just like a skirt, you can never go wrong with pants in the workplace. While jeans are a little too casual for some workplaces, trousers or ponte pants are two popular and comfortable choices that are perfectly appropriate for more formal settings. Our Urban Pants Collection features three different styles of pants: wide-leg, tapered leg and flared pants, so you can sew a pair that fits your aesthetic and body shape!

Work Dresses

Take The Chance Tiered Shirt Dress

Dresses are another career wardrobe staple you need to have, especially for the warmer months. Our Take The Chance Tiered Shirt Dress is the perfect casual office dress to slip on when you don’t feel like planning out an outfit. This dress can be sewn in multiple different lengths and has the option of having buttons or keeping it plain.

Meet You There Tiered Dress

The Meet You There Tiered Dress is a summer essential for your work wardrobe! This stunning, flowing silhouette has an easy-fit bodice and boho skirt, which can be made in varying tier lengths. There are also multiple sleeve options, such as bishop sleeves, full sleeves or sleeveless, numerous necklines and even more unique customisations to choose from! You’ll never need to worry about matching with your coworkers when you sew your own dress.

Sew Your Perfect Career Dress With Pattern Emporium

At Pattern Emporium, we want to help you sew your perfect wardrobe that’s equipped for work and beyond! Browse our sewing patterns online today and join our Sewing Circle on Facebook to connect with like-minded individuals!