At any rate, my next few posts will be about things I've recently purchased: patterns, books, yarn, more yarn - probably fabric (it's looming - ha!). Didn't I say something about only using stash yarn for the foreseeable future?
Let me start with the patterns...
I think it's safe to say that, while I've staunchly resisted for years now, I'm completely won over by Style Arc patterns. My resistance, of course, was based on some very high shipping costs, but I've heard only good about the quality of the drafting and design. And I have to say the silhouettes are very modern and fashionable.
I decided to test out the brand on these two patterns:
|Harper Jacket (firm knit)|
|Janet Jacket (tailored woven)|
One thing that really won me over is that Style Arc sends a fabric swatch with every pattern to assist you in determining the properties of the optimal fabric. I love fabric, and experimenting with it, and I have lots of books to assist me. But sometimes it's helpful to have a tangible example of the hand and drape that the designer intended.
The second jacket, the Janet, has a fantastic line for a woman with boobs. The princess line should make things rather adjustable along numerous seams, the waist is fitted, the closure is much better for fitting over breasts than buttons. And I love the neck line! Really, I'm not averse to collars. I can get with turn of cloth and I'm not one of those peeps who hates that part of the tailoring process. But man, this is going to cut a bunch of steps out of the equation... I am, on balance, not happy with the peplum jacket I made in the spring. I'm never going to make it again. So this gives me an alternative that isn't frumpy like the bulk of jacket patterns that I see, and one that shouldn't be a nightmare to alter.
However, what really sealed the deal is that Style Arc sends you an extra pattern - the pattern of the month - whenever you order something. Um, hello? Who loves free things more than me?? So, I was also sent this pattern:
|Gail Top (knit)|
Finally, here's a pattern that S suggested I should get next time I order:
Having said all this, I don't like to leave out knitting when it comes to pattern purchasing. Seems mean to do so, no?
Next up, some knits-to-be. (And a totally fun story!)
Today's questions: Do you buy from Style Arc and, if yes, what has your experience been? Have you made any of the patterns shown above? Which is your favourite? Let's talk...