Tuesday, 24 March 2015

PRIMA Pattern, March 2015 - Classic Lined Jacket & Knit Tube Skirt

There's until the end of this month to order the March 2015 PRIMA Magazine pattern by phone. 
PRIMA Magazine - March 2015 - Cover

For March 2015, Prima Magazine are offering classic lined *jacket and figure-skimming tube skirt in medium weight knit fabric. The skirt comes in 2-lengths: a short mini-skirt, or a longer knee-length pencil skirt. The patterns as usual come in Sizes 10 - 20 (UK). (*A very Chanel-esque silhouette in my humble opinion!)

Prima Magazine - Pattern, March 2015 (02)
Prima Magazine - Pattern, March 2015 (03)

Prima Magazine - Pattern, March 2015 (04)
See my old post here on tips for ordering their patterns: PRIMA Magazine: How to Order Their Sewing Patterns.

For my some of my thoughts on PRIMA Magazine's sewing patterns - and how I'd personally like to see them change to make things better and easier for sewing-fans - please see this link here Claire's Tuppence Worth... .

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Sometimes UFOs "Can" Be Good

So, earlier today I was hunting around in my sewing room for the rub-off pattern that I'd made back in January 2013 from a much loved ready-to-wear top. 

My plan was to make a quick new version - as the top is a nice casual boxy fit, with cut-on sleeves, and it's a very easy fast project to sew up.

LEFT: First top made from the pattern
RIGHT: Second top, made today from UFO project.
The first rendition of this pattern was the grey crepe floral number you can see on the left above. (The black top on the right of the photo is mid-project, just awaiting addition of the cuffs to the ends of the sleeves.)

So, I found the paper pattern pretty much straight away (which was great) - but even "better", I found in the same bag a set of black fabric pieces already cut out ready to sew-up (YES!!!).

Clearly, past Claire had decided that the pattern was good enough to warrant another go. But, for whatever reason I didn't progress further with No. 2 top and it turned into a *UFO. I even found that I had already fused stay-tape to the necklines, and also to the shoulders on the back bodice - yet another great time saver for me LOL!

I had planned to make my second top from some fresh fabric - but finding this forgotten UFO from 2 years ago in my stash saved me a lot of time on cutting out etc..

I started stitching the top at around 4.30pm today, and aside from 2 hours to cook dinner and watch some telly it only took me 3 hours at a calm and leisurely pace to complete it!

The finished top - earlier this evening.
Please forgive the mirror - it's badly in need of some Windolene LOL!
So, that is my short 'n' sweet tale of how sometimes UFOs can be good :-)

Please forgive the poor photo quality folks - I was using my phone for speed ;-)!

*UFO = Un-finished object.