I have finally taken the plunge and joined in with Elizabeth's excellent 6 PAC. (http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php/topic,18592.0.html) Four times a year Elizabeth starts a seasonal 6 PAC topic and sets out the terms and conditions of the mini SWAP. I have lurked and enjoyed reading about participants trials and tribulations and their eventual successes. The appeal of this sew-along is the smaller number of garments required to complete. The philosophy behind this is that it is more achievable for those that have limited time - 6 garments is doable in three months. It is about time that I front up and actually participate. The beauty of this 6 PAC is to produce 6 garments in a neutral colour and aiming to produce a "column" outfit.
I have set myself some other conditions - all materials that I use must come from the stash or collection. Patterns are decided on and then all other options are put away - this is necessary otherwise I will flit from pattern to pattern and never put scissors to fabric. So after some pleasurable time fondling fabric and browsing patterns I have made a selection.
The backbone of the 6PAC is a tan polished twill weave linen purchased from a bargain store many years ago - the photo does not show the colour very well. I have decided to use Burda patterns as I have had success with these recently and need very little alterations for a flattering and good fit. I am hoping that some of these patterns will become TNT's that I will use over and over again.
This photo from Burda WOF 8/2002 is my inspiration (the colour of my fabric is almost this tan) and I will make up the jacket from this issue (134) twice, once in the tan and again in a heavily textured cotton knit with a little stretch.
The aim of the 6 PAC is to produce two mix and match outfits that are casual and comfortable but still stylish enough to wear in the classroom.
Next step is to copy patterns out now that I have the plan. Watch this space!