Early tomorrow morning we’re off to San Francisco (eek!!!) – and right now it’s 10.30pm – and I haven’t packed yet – so this will be a brief post filled with brightly coloured pictures and me looking a bit awkward in front of the camera (out of practice!!).
…is the A+ skirt by Make it Perfect patterns. It’s a classic a-line shape with a top yoke and different versions to include pockets, button placket, or ribbon detail. Overall the pattern is well-drafted and clearly explained. Just a few things to note:
- The top yoke is unlined. I thought this wouldn’t have enough structure so I added a facing using the same pattern piece as for the yoke itself. I also used some fusible interfacing on the facing piece. A quick fix for a more structured waist.
- I lined the skirt. I attached it to the seam line of the yoke/skirt (wrong sides together) and this worked well.
- My measurements were in between a small and medium and I made the medium. Now that I try it on I think it’s a bit too big. With a skirt like this you want it to be pretty snug so it stays in place.
- I love the pockets on the skirt but I find them a little too low.
- I do love an a-line shape in skirts but, for me, this one is a bit too flared. I’m being really picky because it’s only marginally wider than I would like.
- The zip insertion and instructions are great. I almost always do an invisible zip but I think I now might be a convert to the lapped zip!
To make this my perfect a-line skirt, next time I would use the facing and lining as described above, make the yoke piece slightly narrower which would bring the pockets up a bit higher, size down to small, and make the a-line shape a little less pronounced.
…is the Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations. This is the second time I’ve sewn this pattern. This is the first version I made.
This is one of my most-warn cardigans (and that’s saying a lot considering it doesn’t even have pockets!!). You can read a full pattern review here.
With such a love for this pattern, I didn’t change much in this version. In fact, the only thing I changed was the sleeve length (long sleeves to 3/4 length sleeves). The fabric itself is much thinner so it drapes a bit differently but I think I’ll love this one just as much.
Overall, I love my new cheery spring outfit. I can see many sunny days sipping cocktails in the sun…
And now onto our holiday…
Yup, we’re off to San Francisco. I’m American, I live in England, and everyone I meet here assumes I know San Francisco like the back of my hand. The truth is I’ve never been to California at all! We’re visiting some dear friends but that’s not to say I won’t have plenty of time for fabric and haberdashery shopping! So, do any of you out there have any not-to-be-missed suggestions (fabric or otherwise)?! Where to get the best Japanese food? Is Alcatraz worth doing? Any good day trip ideas with kids? If you want to follow any of our shenanigans and discoveries make sure to follow on Instagram.
Thanks to you all for reading and here’s hoping that spring and sunshine will be filling your days!