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McCalls 7332 – The Boyfriend Jacket

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Hello all,

Our weather has been teasing us with some above freezing temperatures and rain instead of snow for the last couple of weeks.  In the hopes that we are looking at winter in the rear view mirror, I am turning my sewing attention to lighter weight layers.  One thing in particular that I need to add are jackets for spring.

A few hours of this weekend were spent making a start on that goal with McCalls 7332. I bought the pattern a few weeks ago along with some lightweight navy wool from my local Fabricland.  Here is the picture from the pattern envelope:

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Style Arc Italia Shirtdress – The Finished Dress

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Hello all,

I was hoping to take some pictures outside now that the weather is starting to warm up but it is quite dreary and rainy here today.  That is not a complaint, mind you.  This time last year we still had quite a bit of snow on the ground to the extent that you could not see the pool in the backyard.  Today however, there is no snow, and the water that has accumulated on top of the pool’s winter cover is completely fluid.  Usually, it is iced over until early April.  We have had mild winters like this before but they are a rare event indeed.

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Here is my completed Style Arc Italia Shirtdress.  I’m going to call this “Version 1” and will be making it again in the next week or so.  There are two issues that I have with this version, and they are both wholly my fault through lack of foresight and an error of judgement.

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Style Arc Italia Shirtdress – Some Progress

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I have been working on the Style Arc Italia Shirtdress over the last day or two and I think it’s going well.  The pattern was a download off the Style Arc Etsy site which is a great option for those of us on the other side of the world.  The tradeoff of not having to wait for the mail of course, is all that matching and taping of the printed sheets.  No matter… instant gratification wins every time.

Here is the coverpage:

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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A quick post to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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MacPhee Workshop – AWEsome Jacket

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While poking about at my local Fabricland the other day for some denim, (StyleArc’s Italia Shirtdress is on the roster, but more on that another day) I happened upon this gem…

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It’s a knit on the outside which is brushed to a fleece on the inside.  It looks quite grey in the picture above but it is actually many shades of blue.  With only the thought that a cardigan was going to be the end product, I dug through my boxes and bags of patterns and pulled out The AWEsome Jacket pattern from MacPhee Workshop.

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Savage Coco Patterns – Presto Popover Top

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Hello all and Happy New Year!

I hope that 2016 is off to a great start for everyone.  It is hard to believe that we are mid month already.

My sewing buddies have been flashing many wonderful iterations of the Presto Popover Top, and not wanting to be left out, I bought the pattern…two months ago.  I printed it, cut it out, found some lovely black jersey knit, laid all my pieces out, and that is where it stalled while I flew around in full on Holiday mode.

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Textile Studio Patterns Basic Top + McCalls 6996 = A Great Twinset

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A few days ago, I ventured to my local Fabricland for some buttons to complete my green linen shirt that I wrote about here.  “Buttons only!”, I said to myself as I drove there.  And then, “It’s like two cardigans and a top for $100”, was the justification for the cuts of fabric laying on my back seat as I drove home again.

But can you blame me?  Just look at this lovely knit.

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