A diary of all my mad projects.

I am glad that you stopped by - welcome to my world. Its a little mad and hectic as I sew, knit, embroider and generally craft my way through life. My newest resolution is to spend more time sewing - less time dreaming about it. I love to read comments so I am looking forward to hearing from you all.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A completed plan!

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!!! 

The Details

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.


  1. Congratuations! Each piece is perfect on its own and so nice together. You look like you are really enjoying this collection in your summer time.

    1. Thanks Terri - I am developing my ability to mix and match and love those Style Arc patterns.

  2. floaty and stylish- I love vacation/summer wear that isn't 'See Rock City' t-shirts!

  3. A great collection, love the colors, love the fit. Congratulations!

  4. The prints are gorgeous. You have used them so beautifully as a co-ordinating wardrobe, it looks lovely, and useful! What a pretty 6pc