So I changed my job about four months ago and now I work at home half the time, so as much as I love to wear dresses, now it’s got to the winter, all I want to wear are comfy and warm separates. Cue knit fabrics and easy to wear tops!
Enter… the StyleArc Nina cardigan, Sewaholic Belcarra and Itch to Stitch Lindy
Petal skirt, hence the title Ninacarralindy – like it?
StyleArc Nina cardigan
I made this up for the first time in May, it’s a great pattern and can be cut out and made up really quickly. I think I can now cut it out in about an hour and a half and can sew it up in about 3 hours! That’s a quick made and instant gratification!
StyleArc patterns come from Australia. When you look through the images on their website, there are just line drawings, but some items on the website do have photographs of made up versions once you click through. When ordering the patterns, you just order your size. These are not multi-sized patterns. They come in a clear wallet and also include a small sample of the suggested fabric which I think is a nice touch.
The pattern pieces include seam allowances. The instructions are brief. There are certainly not lots of images to keep Nikki happy! However, this cardigan is simple enough even I can make it up without lots of images 🙂 The sleeves are attached, followed by the sleeve and side seams in one go. Next the bottom section is attached followed by the collar. Easy!
I made the whole cardigan on my overlocker and also finished the edges with my overlocker too. I liked this part on the pattern as the pattern pieces state BabyLock the edge, and of course I have a BabyLock overlocker. Only the best for me and Style Arc!
First worn: Beginning of June for these photos. I reckon this will get a lot of wear though. It’s a bit cool for the winter but come the spring it’ll be in regular wear, I know!
First worn: Beginning of June for these photos!
Itch to Stitch Lindy Petal Skirt
So I’ve surpassed myself, I’ve actually made up three separates! This pattern was released at the beginning of May as a free pattern. Not one to turn down freebies I went to check it out. Wow! What a great surprise. It was my perfect comfy winter skirt. I’ve got an old RTW knit skirt which is now beginning to lose its shape. This is the perfect replacement!
I actually cut this out in an hour and then made it up in about three. All done in one day! I’ve lengthened it by an inch and a half just to make it more work friendly, particularly with the petal front (I’m about 5’6″). The whole skirt was made up in my overlocker. I used my normal machine to attach the waistband down and to sew the double hem at the bottom. The fit is great. The waist bad has knitted elastic encased in it to give it a lovely snug fit. Even so this skirt is great if you’ve had a big meal! It’s also really good for rolling up if I go away for work as well as being so comfy for working from home in. I honestly have no complaints at all, anywhere!
First worn: As soon as I’d made it up at the end of May! I just couldn’t help myself. It’s certainly going to get a lot of wear.
Another one/Recommendations: Ahem, well if you want pattern love, look no further! OK I’m gushing but do I care? Nope, not a bit! I guess not everyone would like this skirt, but if it’s your kind of skirt go get it! Easy to make, easy to wear, what else can a girl want? My second one has already been made up and is in regular wear!
And all made conveniently in time for The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month Separates week.
Oh and wanna see what happens when a good friend takes your photos…