Sunday, January 18, 2015
Thursday, January 1, 2015
I hope each and everyone of you had a wonderful Christmas and a better New Year's Eve celebration!
Reflecting back on 2014, it has meant so much to be a part of the RTW fast with all of the other wonderful sewers in the group! I definitely did not create the amount of clothes my little mind told me I could! I also did not have enough time to post some of the items I did create for all to see either. However, I will try to briefly make up for that in this post!
Regarding 2015, I have a lot of plans in the works for my future (sewing definitely included!) I no longer believe in New Years Resolutions, so I don't make them. My goal is to do whatever I need to make 2015 the best year ever for myself! With that said, let's close out 2014!
Here's my summary for the 2014 RTW fast (49 garments made)...
Tops: 36 (do you think I had enough tops for 2014?)
Below are photos of items made but not posted on blog...
Christmas Present from Hubby...Christmas in Key West, FL
That's a wrap for 2014!!
Did you make a New Year's Resolution? If so, what will yours be for 2015?
Thanks again for stopping by to read my blog and thanks again to all of you who joined the 2014 RTW fast! Until next time...
Keep It Hand Made!!
Sunday, December 7, 2014
For those of you who've read my blog for some time, you know that I love StyleArc patterns! So of course when I needed office sweaters for the cooler winter temperatures here in Florida, why wouldn't I reach for my favorite patterns? The two I selected, have been in my stash for a while and sorely waiting to be added to the sewing que. Well they have to wait no longer and I'm sorry that I waited long as I did! First pattern I selected, was the Kelie dress/top ( I made the top version)...
I decided to make a muslin first, because after reading through the instructions, it appeared that I may have a problem with the twist in front. As it turned out, the instructions were a little different without illustrations to comprehend, but I made it through without any issues! However because of the different terminology used, I had to really focus on what they were trying to say to the end-user. My muslin fabric is left over from a drape top I made a while back, which you can see here. I decided to use a true fashion fabric rather than muslin, because I was hoping it would be a wearable muslin...and wow is it ever!
I purchased this pattern size 10, which is my usual four knits. The pattern went together very easily and quickly after you get through the twist. As usual with StyleArc patterns, there are very little, if any, illustrations so you really have to pay attention to the instructions. I put this top together in an afternoon and feel it would've been only a couple of hours had I understood the instructions as clearly as I do now. My next top will probably be made in two hours or less. Yep, there will be another one! I didn't have to make any alterations to this pattern! However on my next one I may make the opening of the neckline more of a jewel style, which is just a preference of mine. All in all I give this pattern "three thumbs up"!
The second pattern I selected was the StyleArc Lolita. I only saw a couple of reviews on this top and I believe, One of the reviews made reference to an error in the instructions; but I didn't find there to be any errors when I went through it.
Again I had to pay special attention the instructions, especially when attaching the collar with the tucks to the neckline. After that, everything was complete in about an hour, it's just that fast! I didn't have to make any alterations to the pattern. The fabric is a Hunter Green Cotton Rayon blend I purchased from JoAnn fabrics and the pattern was also purchased in a size 10 as well. When I make my next one, I will make it longer because this one was about 3 inches shorter than I would like, but still at a comfortable, wearable length. There definitely will be another one of these tops! As I stated before I really love StyleArc patterns and I'm so happy you can now purchase them on Etsy, download and print them at home as well! That will save a lot on the shipping costs from Australia! So enough chatter from me, here's the photo...
If you like the style of either of these tops, I highly recommend the patterns! They are both very comfortable and stylish tops to wear! You definitely can't go wrong with any of these styles!