I’ve just realised I haven’t blogged for nearly a month, but have been very busy sewing. I spent May making my Smart Summer 6PAC but had also planned a Casual 6PAC. This was to be in pink, silver grey, and off white. I planned a jean jacket in silver grey, trousers and skirt in pink drill, and tops in off white and a print. The trousers and skirt were patterns I have made before, so there was nothing new to say about them.
Here are my TNT Burda 7447 trousers in a shot pink drill from Ditto Fabrics. I’m also wearing a white cotton jersey Sammi cami from Iconic patterns underneath a Megan Nielsen Briar top in a offwhite loose knit. I count the tops as one piece as you can’t wear the Briar top without something underneath unless you are 18!
I made a skirt from the same pink drill using Burdastyle 06-2013-113. This drill looks lovely but needs ironing to death. I prewashed it twice before it would allow me to press it it enough to cut it out. I have to iron them after every wear, but it hasn’t stopped me wearing them constantly since I finished them. I really like the colour, it’s so summery and goes with lots of my tops.
So that’s three pieces of my 6PAC. Now to piece 4.
I chose the Style Arc Maggie as a loose overshirt. I bought a size 8 and didn’t add any width to the bottom as I would normally need. It seemed to be quite loose enough. I had some trouble with the front placket and pleat and it is not finished on the inside as I would like. Style ARC don’t have copious instructions so I didn’t over lock the slash before I sewed it. There are diagrams to to help with the placket and pleat but it does need careful study before it becomes clear.
I bought some viscose print fabric in Leeds Market when I visited in June.It cost £4/metre and I have seen it online for £21! Of course it slides about when you cut and sew it. I’m not sure this really suits me as it is hiding my waistline which is one of my better features. I think I can see draglines from the bust so maybe it needs an FBA and that would make it hang better?
The back is fine in terms of width. I think this will be a favourite in warm weather, and I can wear it tucked in with a skirt. I might try a belt as well. This pattern would work well in a voile as that would drape nicely. Anything even slightly stiff such as a thicker lawn would stand out like a tent!
I’ll post about the last two pieces as soon as I can get decent photos.