My friend Caroline and I met when we were sixteen. I've told it before and I'll tell the story again in case you haven't heard it yet. We met in Sunday School, wearing the same dress, which seemed indicative that we had things in common so I took mine back and we've been friends ever since. Twenty-five years ago, she moved 2,400 miles north and instead of coffee once or twice a week, we now get together once or twice a year. It's not nearly enough and far better than nothing at all.
One of our get togethers is always sewing related. We've gone to workshops and retreats, have rented cabins, hotel suites and B & B's to sew in, and have spent time in my studio. No matter where we go, or what we do, it ALWAYS includes fabric shopping. She needs to stock up. I need to see and touch and talk sewing with someone who gets it and who gets me. We know each other so well that we've often been asked if we're sisters. Yes. Of the heart.
I emailed Caroline pictures of the Vogue 1312 inspired dress and she wrote back - What a nice dress! I love the skirt. Somehow it is really you too. It would be the perfect backdrop for some of your beautiful jewelry pieces - which made me feel like I was on the right track.
The picture above is an illustration of the Chic-Avant-Garde fashion personality from the book Nothing To Wear? and I would wear every one of those pieces including the heels. A huge part of what I define as my style is simple garments with interior design lines, tone on tone or monochromatic prints, and textural details. AND jewelry. AND colorful cardigans. AND flirty shoes. I like a simple base with pops of color - like a black t-shirt with statement jewelry. Simple can be hard to do. Every design element has to work to its best because there is no place to hide. In terms of sewing, simple can also get boring.
Kathy wrote - The dress looks fabulous! Sculptural and simple at the same time...very elegant.
I loved that description. It resonates both with the clothes I want to sew and with the way I hope to express myself.
When I looked up Vogue 8712 the other day - for the pant pattern number - I noticed the design on the t-shirt and wondered about the possibility of stamping or stenciling something similar on yardage before cutting out a t-shirt. Having identified the styles and lines that flatter my figure, it seems that one aspect of moving forward in 2013 is to be more adventurous within those shapes. That led to thoughts of journalling ideas or of collecting inspirational pictures both of which are not something I normally do. I tend to go with what tickles the loudest and yet this seems like an idea that might give direction, a way of researching me. It's a possibility. How do you collect - and follow-up - ideas?
As part of my Christmas present, I've asked Howard for a counter top, sink, and faucet for the laundry room. I'm not a person for practical gifts and this may seem more practical than frivolous but it's all about spending time exploring surface design in a conducive environment. If I had to clean up the kitchen each time or worry about accidentally painting the cabinets or the hardwood, not much would get done. Second hand is good. We could support the ReStore associated with Habitat for Humanity.
I worked on the secret present yesterday and got most of the threadwork completed. It's in the wash to remove any chalk lines before I move to the next stage. VERY fun.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - Have you noticed expenses rising? There was a section on the news last night about how much food prices will rise in the next year and I've talked to so many people who are feeling increasingly pinched financially, ourselves included. Conversations like that can focus your thoughts on lack rather than on abundance. I have so much to be thankful for not the least of which is that I am warm, dry, fed, clothed, safe, and loved.