The rain has let up just long enough for me to take some pics in the garden. I may look cool and fresh in these photos, but, au contraire...
The lens on my camera kept fogging up!
And the outfit. I recently purchased the Daisy Designer two-fer from Style Arc's Etsy shop. I was after a baggy-leg pants pattern, but this bundle was a good buy for only a couple dollars more.
Small whinge session:
Style Arc drives me nuts with their sizing. The only finished garment measurements they provide are for their size 10. Umm. What is that 10? US, RTW, European, AU, equator... I've no idea. Their only helpful hint is that they use a 2" circumference grade from size to size. Useless, and it has kept me away from most of their expensive patterns.
No numbers on the pattern pieces. Come on...
And typically, they're big on drawings and short on pics of their garments on real human beings. They're not alone - Hot Patterns is rather famous for this lazy marketing. I admit I always feel a bit like a sucker when I buy from either of them...because I know that what you see is not what you get.
None of that was intended to offend any Style Arc or Hot Pattern aficionados - just my experience.
Let's look at pictures!
|Pants: Love Notions Sabrina Slims|
I added the pockets to provide a little interest to the front of the tunic. They're not really meant to be used, as I place them up pretty high. And I do not carry a phone in my pockets!
|Fabric: Robert Kaufman Cambridge Lawn, from Craftsy|
There's something so liberating about writing all over one's fabric.
I opted not to use the hem bands on the pattern - having looked at the drafting, I doubted that the finishing at the point of the hem would make me happy. Instead, I added 3" at the lengthen/shorten line on the pattern and used a simple folded hem.
Tip: Finish the hem before sewing the side seams.
And a sneak peek at my muslin of the Daisy pants (WIP)...
So, bottom line: I'm kind of meh about the tunic. It's too big across my upper chest, not really loosey-goosey in the skirt, and pretty shapeless in between (that drawing thing again). I know I won't make it again without some serious redrafting. Yep, it will hit the pajama department after I crop it a bit.
Parting shot: beadwork therapy while watching tennis yesterday...