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NAVY and WHITE 6pac

Each season we get opportunity to participate in sewing a 6pac at Artisan Square.  A 6pac is a collection of ‘basic’  ‘neutral’ clothes where “THIS GOES WITH THAT”  providing a core for your wardrobe.

THINK :   2x bottoms –   Fly Front Skirt by Hot Patterns   pull on knit skirt and purchased jeans

2x inner eg.  shells –Loes Hinse Sweater Knit and Burda T2x

2x outer layer  –Cutting Line “By Popular Demand”  jacket

Slouchy Fly Front Skirt….


I am that person who never makes a muslin,  or two, or three….

The first was “too big”, the second was “too round ” and the third is sort of wearable…..

Got it in my brain that I wanted one of these skirts and it was rated “Advanced Beginner”.  It is an easy wearing,  jeans style skirt with a tulip shape,  fly front and great deep pockets.  It is on the short side but I wanted to wear it walking the beach so that part was going to suit me.  I love the Fly Front and Front Band Tutorial  and could see that this skirt in lots of different fabrics and looks.  So I persisted ,  and have redrafted the band ready for another try.


Pure & Simple Slouchy Fly Front Skirt BY Hot Patterns

This skirt is to join the others in my navy and white Spring 6pac.  While I am not the biggest fan of neutrals I love “contrast” and always feel safe in blue.



SWAP 2014


This is my Second Try SWAP.  

Initially I wanted to concentrate on winter clothes;  neutral coloured basics made from warm wools. I dreamed about a collection of  warm pants and dresses  topped with casual jackets and a big duffel coat.  The duffel coat and lining is cut out,  the fabric interfaced,  the toggles and fake leather has been purchased……but the weather was just too hot……  our friends invited us on a holiday to hot and humid Thailand …… I had ‘nothing to wear’… this is what I sewed:

 SWAP   2014       3x 3 packs  +  2 wild cards = 11   

1. Grey pack.  Suit for the plane. Pants shell and shirt/jacket from a grey stretchy rayon using Cutting Line Design patterns.   ‘Pure and Simple ‘shell and jacket and pull on pants from ‘My Swing Set’

 2. Red pack. Straight skirt  ‘In The Trenches’  Pia dress and Pure and Simple shell by Cutting Line Designs

3. Blue pack.  Lengthened ‘The Blouse Perfected’ by Cutting Line Designs from linen,  Hot Pattern skirt1087 from cotton and silk ‘Pure and Simple shell.

2X  Wildcards.   ‘The Blouse Perfected’  and ‘Pure and Simple’ shell by Cutting Line Design from cream cotton.

I was able to submit a SWAP by keeping the designs simple and limiting the number of patterns used.  I used two new patterns the Pia Dress and Hot Pattern 1087 skirt.  I am coming to understand the advantages of using TNT patterns,   you can concentrate on the ‘creative’ side of sewing rather then on  fitting and technical skills already learnt.

Happy to be a part of swap 2014.