I totally recommend making Coastal Breeze in one solid colour. As cute as it looks in stripes or a print, I feel much more comfortable wearing a plain, dark colour and can easily accessorise with some colour if I want to.
The Stella knit from Crafty Mamas was unreal to work with - I'm definitley going to be stocking up on some more solids from there and start making the kids (and maybe myself) some t-shirts and long-sleeved tops. Way cheaper than buying them, and I can funk them up in so many ways. Would anyone be interested in a pattern or have knit tops been done enough?
I have to confess that while I use my overlocker for all internal seams, I have always opted for a regular zig-zag or stretch zig-zag stitch on the external seams (hems, topstitching, etc.) I decided to break out my twin needle this time and it made the job soooo much easier and looks 100 times more professional. I thought it would be a lot of fussing around to set it up, but it really only took a minute or two and is just like regular stitching, only two needles are going at the same time. Highly recommend it over the zig-zag if your machine can do it as it gives a much nicer finish.
So, ta-da...all finished! Our summer seems to be coming to a quick end, but I think I can pull it off okay with a pair of stockings and some boots for winter!
Make It Perfect, Coastal Breeze pattern
Stella knit in Grey Marle
P.S. Don't forget about the Save the Children Japan auction we have running -- closes 9pm this Saturday!