I always find it hard to choose 'work clothes' as boring office wear is not me and is uncomfortable but casual tee shirts just don't feel professional enough. Most of the time I wear narrow dark jeans that sort of look smart enough on the bottom half but I wanted a top that was a cross between a blouse and a tee shirt that could be made in all sorts of appealing prints. I wanted it to be long enough to give the right silhouette and to hide the 'jeans features' such as the pockets and rivets on the jeans! I've made 6 versions of this pattern and wear them all the time.
I use a New Look pattern, number 6225. It might be one you'd skip past as the picture on the front of the pack is a rather cheap looking uninspiring orange lace version.
There are a few garments I've made in my wardrobe that I wear all the time. Once I've found a good pattern that's comfortable and flattering to wear and most importantly not-a-bother-to-make I stick with it. I've got about 3 or 4 of these fail safe patterns.
The first one is this skirt. It is made from one piece of fabric and I found it in a book of that name by Lena Santana. What I like about it is its simple flat front that sits in an A-line shape but has a more quirky folded and button back giving it a slight bustle feature. The folding process gives the skirt a sort of origami effect and the buttons are purely decorative so you can make them stand out or match them discreetly. It has a bias trim waistband and again this can be made a visible feature or sewn...