|Here we are on the South East Coast, Victoria, Australia.|
Miracles will never cease... I have for the first time ever completed a plan. A notorious joiner I struggle to complete plans, and as such I have a strict policy of cut out and make up. If not for this policy I would have many unfinished items (UFO's) or as Elizabeth from Stitchers Guild calls them - kits. I am like a magpie collecting this idea and that, my mind full of creative possiblities but moving from this to completion can be a drag to my creative brain!!!
I have often declared my interest in the SWAP on Stitcher's Guild and have made elaborate boards complete with patterns, fabric and inspirations. But that is the fun part; knuckling down to see the plan to the end has been a problem. So I moved onto the 6pac and I have finally completed one - and before the time. Not only completed but worn continuously, first as a travel wardrobe and now back at home over our hot summer. I cannot downplay the sense of accomplishment I feel - dancing around the room!!!
Originally the intention was to create a complete wardrobe but time constraints meant that I decided to use the bottoms I had and add some T-shirts and dresses. For the T-shirts I used Style Arc Ann, this is an old favourite (a TNT) that I can now whip up in about an hour. This pattern fits and flatters my figure well.
I then made up Style Arc Cruise Club Kim in a beautiful cotton lycra knit print from Designer Textiles Otara, Auckland (this shop has the best selection of knits in New Zealand). The first muslin I made did not go so well - the extra I added produced a sack like garment and problems were encountered with the sleeve and neck holes. I took out the extra and finished the neck and sleeve as it a T-shirt neck with much more satisfying results. I tried to follow Style Arc instructions but all it produces is a misshappened loose edge - does anyone else have this problem?
|Careful planning of the pattern gives the illusion of a waist!!!.|
The final dress is Simplicity 2938
I have made this up previously and knew it fit well. The material I used is one of the first pieces of fabric I bought when I left home - it is over 30 years old!!
I have carted it with me looking for the perfect pattern in which to make it up. It is a heavy viscose linen and is cool to wear and feels smooth against the skin.
I had limited yardage and had to piece the bottom of the skirt edge - luckily the placement of flowers was ok as there was only one way to layout.