Thursday, April 20, 2017

Style Arc Rosie top

I have had this pattern in the stash for a while, and finally got around to making it up just in time for the end of summer! Oh well, sitting in the cupboard won't hurt it for a couple of months!

There are lots of things that I like abut Style Arc, their sizing is pretty consistent and their technical drawings are usually pretty accurate to the finished product. I usually buy their patterns when they are on sale from their Etsy site so the cost is pretty good too. And they are an Australian company as well!

Size and fitting notes: I made the size 10 without any alterations. Overall the fit for me is quite good, although I generally like my clothes to be a little bit roomy rather than tight. The fit across the bust is a tad big though. This could be because my fabric 'grew' during handling or I may need to take the princess seam in a tad over the bust point.I'll reserve my judgement on that when I make it up in a firmer weave fabric.

Fabric: A really lovely cotton boucle from The Remnant Warehouse. This is a really hard fabric to describe! It is white with a bobbly type black stripe weave. It is actually quite heavy so the top drapes really nicely.

Verdict: I think that this will be a great top for our hot summers. I think it will work with jeans and chinos as well as a more tailored pant. Its a nice quick sew, and as the pattern pieces are all quite small it is a great pattern for using up strange shaped remnants!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Blog resurrection.....and McCalls 6991

Two years between posts certainly is a long break, and I have been umming and ahing about whether I would come back to this blog pretty much that whole time!

But here I am, and here is my latest project, a wrap top made from McCalls 6991.

Sewing notes

Pattern: McCalls 6991
I cut View A in a size 10 but it was way too big and I ended up needing to take in the side seams and taking up the shoulder seams. Next time I will cut the size 8 and see if that works out as a better fit.
I also had to add a CB seam to the lower bodice piece as I was a tad short on fabric.

Fabric: a lovely khaki green viscose crepe from The Remnant Warehouse's online store.

Verdict: I am really happy with this top. I think it works well dressed down with jeans and also will be a good work top with a dressier pair of pants. I think I might need more in a range of colours! The pattern itself is pretty quick to sew, although I did have a bit of a headscratching moment when trying to figure out how the drape front worked!

And now that all of my girls are in full time school, having time during the day to sew seems to be quite a luxury, although it is very quiet not having small people to chat to!

This also means that my clothing needs are changing, hopefully I can break out of the jeans and t-shirt habit and take on some more challenging sewing projects than kids leggings!