Plan B

Remember the SWAP Plan for 2016 where I over promised and under delivered?  Well;  I need to consider this behaviour and  prepare,  so…I have……   I am calling it PLAN B

This is the 2017 SWAP plan so far.    I have the OVERS   (4 jackets, coat)  sorted,  by sewing  2 jackets using the SW Ikina Jacket , and 2 previously sewn patterns.


Sketch  of UPPERS

The 3 UNDERS (3bottoms)  easy.  2 pairs of CLD One Seam Pants and a purchased  pair of slim pants/leggins.    

  The UPPERS, (4tops) :  I have planned a wool dress/tunic to be worn by itself or over pants, and  a shorter version of the pattern for  2 tops.  (pink and cream rayon)


Cream and pink rayon,  star wool all same pattern.

Here are my concerns:    I am putting all my effort into matching plaids,  lining, making perfect button holes and  not going to the beach in the hot summer and run out of enthusiasm….this is when I will switch  to plan B.

PLAN B is  simple…..knit T-shirts. Taking my pick from below.


Knits to consider for Plan B







I have been working  on my drawing skills,  and been drawing skulls for the last 4  plus months……as  I  am currently an on-line student  at the Watts Atelier .    However a visit to Artisan Square   and seeing SWAP 2017  rules up…temptation is only good if you can give into it, so,  time to give in……

To summarise SWAP 2017:  11  co-ordinating garments

Upper: Min 3, max5.  (Tops,  T’s, shirts)
Lower: Min 3, max 5.  (pants, skirts, shorts)
Over: Min 2, max 5. No more than ½ may be outerwear. (jackets, coats , cardigans)


I  have accumulated  a room full  of fabric,  many of  these are  thick wool,   suiting wools and other wool fabrics from yesteryear.  I love owning these fabrics,  often get them out,  but have not had the courage to cut into them.  For this reason I will select simple patterns,  hopefully the right pattern to show the fabric  to its best advantage. I use the cat (Prince Rotten AKA The Grey Lord) to select the best fabric for the best pattern…takes several sittings before he decides which is the best to sleep on.

Cheryl’s SWAP fabricsdsc_0043

  OVERS….Top Row  4 jackets

Thinking about a shortish boxy jacket,  maybe either of these two from the cream textured wool.

Both fabrics are reversible.    I am thinking of a shawl collar  (reverse of fabric)  on a simple boxy shape for both. Love the geometrics and reversible Pop factor.

I am leaning towards the Burda pattern,  adding a black leather collar and patch pockets to lift it a bit. And the knee length leather boots if the pockets don’t make it swing.

UPPER  .  Except for a dress/tunic  (black/grey wool)   I have left this area loose…..maybe a nice shirt or top from the middle row of fabrics but if time gets short then I will use PLAN B,  3 T-shirts.

LOWER .  One pair of grey and black  pants.  One purchased charcoal ponti slim pants.

Great to be back in circulation with threads and designs…until the graphite masters lure me back to the Drawing Room

            A plain and Simple SWAP with a Plan B!



It is the time to think about the  New Year and to wish everybody success in achieving their 2016 goals.  I usually like to  stick to simple achievable things that make me happy such as buying fabric and patterns  flowers, travelling and going to the movies weekly.  However,   I was inspired by listening to a Life Coach discussing New Year resolutions and Goal planning and he suggest choosing  a single word,  which got me thinking  of sewing  terms.  The first word  that came to mind was BOLT.  No!….way too slow. And too big (maybe?).     A bit more thinking and I came up with CUT  ( as in alcohol, favourite foods….stomach fat?) No, too severe.   So, something between the overly indulgent and draconian hardship ….and more importantly achievable – TRIM was it! I could do TRIM in 2016…almost resonates with the right accent.

  • The smashed foot event in Dec 14  slowed me down,   made exercising difficult and  ME anything but trim,   still slow on my feet,  but,  I can cycle and swim to a trimmer me.
  • Pimping the  house with new carpet will facilitate trimming clutter.
  • Need to trim my fabric collection as it has grown bigger then my memory…

Hoping the New Year Measures up,  no  unravelling or unpicking  and remember buttons hold it together.

More always coming…






Last Minute Blogging

You know what it is like,  shopping for gifts for your family and friends,  making sure that Santa  has not forgotten anyone…….  but  what about you?    I am a lover of anything sewing, drawing, painting,  creative or has great pictures  and couldn’t resist this book by Palmer and Pletsch.  It was co-authored by Sue Neall,  and has contributions by Susan Gray.    I have met them at my local Australian Sewing Guild  Meeting,  both ladies have made sewing their business.  Sue has held most elected positions in the guild as well as owning a successful sewing and travel company.  Susan teaches sewing at her “Hooley Dooley” studio in Wamberal,  just down the road from me.


I like that this book  uses heaps of coloured photos to describe  fitting and knit sewing techniques.   As well,  it has some of the best information on how to sew knits with your overlocker and  I love that they have used current available patterns modelled by themselves and friends…all made to fit perfectly.

It was from this book that I was inspired to make the coloured blocked McCalls 6792 pattern.  I had a navy and a cream lightweight point and decided to give it a go.  Went together easily using the directions in the book to sew the coloured block corners…little on the warm side for the current season but will come in handy for spring and to wear with ankle boots and tights….and it fits perfectly with my navy dominated wardrobe.


Last minute sewing,  last minute blogging….maybe the last for 2015

And now for some last minute partying….

More to come,   Cheryl


Art Apron

Hope your Xmas and New Year preparations are running to schedule and you are enjoying the pre Xmas celebrations.  I have never been tempted to make or wear  an apron,  however I may need one as I tend to get messy. And to carry around some art stuff  or cell phone and therefore will need a few pockets.  I taught for years without wearing an apron because students would wear it or use it for a towel   with me often in it and I always thought they did not reflect my style .  It will be interesting to see if I do wear it,  but definitely not outside of the studio. Or maybe I should, now that I have “Pollocked” it.

Anyway,  I worked out a pattern and decided to back the front pockets with water proof fabric,   assuming I will put a loaded brush into the pocket and it could bleed through .  I used a medium weight black denim and cream thread for top stitching and assembling.   Here are some close-ups and you can see the waterproof fabric peeping over the pockets.

Being the festive season I popped some paints instead of  champagne, threw down some paper, and  splashed the apron  “graffiti style.”    It is ready  and “New Yeared” before the new year has gotten out of bed.

My present to my creative self – she should appreciate it, although it may not suit her style.   See you soon, more to follow. Or  flow…or flick