To me, it just looks like 2 pieces of fabric seamed together, not a garment. It's missing something.
Recently I was browsing wool matelasse garments for inspiration (having picked up a crazy awesome wool matelasse at Eliott Berman!) and came upon this Elie Tahari jacket:
Satin facings! Rosettes! Pleats! These are what are missing from my homespun garments - trim! Even simple items, like the JCrew basic woven blouses I'm currently in love with, have some sort of embellishment. Note the frayed trim at the neckline:
As a beginner, I'm so concerned with construction that I've rarely thought about embellishments and detailing. Now that I'm picking up more skills, it's time to delve into the world of trim. This year I'm resolving to consider trim in every garment I make. Trim may not always be appropriate or necessary (for example, I'd like to sew a simple, wear-all-the-time navy cotton sateen sheath), but I will at least analyze each garment for possible trimming.
A number of bloggers have posted about storing inspiration images on sites like flickr or pinterest; I may set up an account to track trim ideas.
As for that ikat, elastic waist sheath: I'm thinking of adding beading at the neckline in a contrasting color. (Note to self: must learn how to bead.)
These are from Pacific Trim in the Garment District, NYC.
What are your favorite detailing options? Are there any resources I should consult? I'd love to hear your thoughts and tips on using trim.