The Style Arc Steffi Jacket has been in my pattern stash since it was released more than a year ago. I bought it with this wool lycra fabric in mind but was never quite sure about either the combination or the pattern. I should really learn to trust my instincts because although in the photos it looks lovely, I am not 100% happy about the results. I love the seam details, even though they took a ridiculous amount of time to stitch and twin needle finish, and the duck tail hem. I don't love the lack of facing on the zip and the way the collar sits. I also don't love the way the pockets are created and how they don't look perfect on the inside. Yes, I know, I am fussy, but when I was a kid and being taught to embroider by nuns, I was always taught to make my work as neat on the inside as the outside and this is exactly the result I strive for.
I really like the zip guard at the top of the neck and the fabric is lovely to wear. It does make the perfect camping top but even though I have the same fabric in blue, I probably will not be repeating this pattern. I like my Jalie pattern so much better. It really is an impossible act to follow.
The Anima pants are once again the full length version and made using the same black unbrushed fleece as the previous pair. I haven't changed anything since version one. I think I like the full length version better than the shorter ones and also prefer the more stable fabric of my first navy rugby knit version although the stretch in these does give good recovery and make for extremely comfortable pants. I am keen now to see how these would work in a woven fabric.
Oh, I almost forgot, these photos are taken at Lake Te Anau, the largest fresh water lake in Australasia by volume. This is an area of New Zealand that I have never before visited. I didn't know what I was missing and I will be back to explore further.