Style Arc Fiona

When I heard Style Arc had released a pattern with my name, I was immediately interested.  When I saw it, I was smitten!  A beautiful, 3/4 sleeved, shawl collared jacket pattern, designed for knit fabric; it’s right up my alley 😉

I actually sewed this before I went away, but I didn’t want to broadcast that I was going away, (you never know who’s looking) so I’ve waited until now to post it.

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I sewed it entirely on my overlocker, and cut it out and stitched it in a single day.  It was a very, very easy make.  I used a navy Ponte Roma.  I found the Ponte a bit beefy really, and when I make it again I will probably use a heavier cotton spandex jersey.  The Ponte is a nice weight for this time of year though, and I specifically wanted it for wearing for air travel.  I absolutely love it!

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I haz new Toyz!

Hello peeps!  I’ve been on the most awesome trip to Australia and New Zealand for the past 5 weeks.  I had the best time, simply the best.  I wish we could sell up and move to New Zealand, but unfortunately personal circumstances will not permit.

Still, it’s good to be home.  And, as promised, I have news about major improvements to my sewing room.

I have a new sewing machine, delivered today.  It’s the Janome MC8900QCP, which is currently on offer in the UK with £500 off the usual price and a free Mettler thread kit.  I had promised myself a new machine as a retirement present and was still deliberating which to buy from a shortlist of three, but this brilliant special offer sealed it.  I ordered yesterday and it was here this morning.  Take a bow Sewing Machines Direct, excellent service once again 🙂

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I also have a new overlocker (serger), the Janome 744D, which is now exclusively available in the UK from Sewing Machines Direct.  She came with a gazillion special feet for gathering, binding, cording, beading etc.  It’ll take the rest of my life to learn how to use them.  The really big deal about this wonderful machine though,  is the ease of threading!  My previous overlocker was a brilliant little machine, but oh my word, she was so hard to thread.  This one though, is a breeze.  The lower looper conveniently pops out for threading and then clicks back into place.  Simples!

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Not only that, but I have a wonderful new height adjustable sewing and cutting table, from Horn.  It’s the Sewer’s Vision table and is new to their range.  It  takes up so little room and suits my purposes perfectly, (woohoo, no more backache!)  and was a birthday present from my lovely husband 🙂  The pillows under the table are where my cat likes to sleep when I am sewing!

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And finally, I have lovely new stash storage courtesy of Ikea.  My room is all set up and ready to go.  I am a very happy bunny indeed!

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Now, what to sew??