I'll let you in on a secret. I often think of dropping blogging, turning to instagram or not recording my sewing at all. So I take a break which somehow turns into a lengthy absence and it becomes apparent to me that blogging and the virtual friendships I have are important to me.
So here I am making a comeback with a long list of completed projects to talk about.
Project 1: Stylearc's Edith top pictured above was a dream sew in light weight cotton chambray purchased from Tessuti. I'm a recent convert to Stylearc. Their designs are contemporary and their pattern making precise and true to size. I wore it lunch at my friend's gorgeous home on Sydney harbour.
Project 2: Vogue 1247 (OOP) Rachel Comey's popular A-line skirt design with inseam pockets. This project was a test run for a leather skirt that lives inside my head. I agree with my daughter's comment that the colour is a "bit odd" but the verdict is yes go ahead with production in leather.
There are a few tricks to this pattern. First use a woven without any stretch as the weight of the pockets will cause the yoke to stretch and bubble slightly, and second, make sure you use a tape or interfacing to support the pockets.
Project 3: I raced to put together two t-shirts in merino wool from an ancient copy of Ottobre magazine (May 2010) to take to Japan trip. They were worn to death but Japan in March/April is very cold and rarely came out from under layers of wool for a photo. I really love the teal design for its versatily. It looks equally good over jeans or under a suit for work. The sleeves on the casual t-shirt are a little long and baggy at the wrists. If I could be bothered I'll taper them in one day.
I've completed a few other projects. I'm especially happy with my Morris Blazer and that will be the hero of my next post. Promise not to be a stranger...again...!