Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Break From Blouses

It's frosty and cold outside this morning, not snowing but just barely. What strange weather and so weird to have plants coming up in the garden at the same time as you're wrapped up warm in a coat and shoes. I put some bulbs in a planter last fall and thought they hadn't made it through the winter but little shoots are just now appearing. Hopefully they'll blossom. Spring does eventually come on more than just the calendar just as...





... fit does eventually come in more than just theory and text books. The grey blouse is finished except for the hem and the buttons. The three above are my choices and I'm leaning toward the one far left. Definitely not the middle one. I will finish the blouse but it's only okay. So only okay there are no pictures. They'd look just like the other ones.

Making muslins and confirming the numbers has been a positive exercise for the most part but I'm a bit discouraged right now. I have figured almost everything out. It's the fine details that are left and this is one of those times when I could really use the advice and pinning expertise of someone with more experience than me. Since the only person I know who meets that description is away on holidays, I'm going to wait, take a break from blouses, and sew something else.

Of the four blouses I've sewn in the last week, I prefer the New Look 6130 with the peplum and the Burda 7063 with the elastic at the waist even though the size was too small. That led to the interesting observation that I prefer garments that are closely fitted with waist definition because they follow the contours of the body better... especially in the back... where I'm quite curvy. Even though a princess seam does that better than stitched darts, I don't find it as flattering. As soon as there is some pooling and pulling, I'm not happy especially if that translates to folds behind the arm or pulls to the hips. I've been wondering what is normal fit in the back? Have you ever noticed how few back images are posted on sewing blogs? And does it matter? What the back should look like is not actually the issue. It's more what do I want my back to look like and perhaps I'm too picky - LOL - you think - SO...




... I've decided to clean my closet today and make a list of what I need... which is a lot... because my wardrobe is sadly lacking... possibly... VBG... because I spend all my time making muslins... and then I'm going to trace and cut out Vogue 8817. When I visited my once-a-week-sewing friend on Tuesday, she had sewn two versions of this top. They looked fabulous and were quite flattering on. That'll give me time to think about what to do next on the blouse journey.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - central heat


8 comments:

  1. "Have you ever noticed how few back images are posted on sewing blogs? And does it matter? What the back should look like is not actually the issue. It's more what do I want my back to look like" I've decided that 'perfect' fit is how I think a garment looks and feels on that particular day. Some days it looks great to me; others, meh! Try figuring that one out!?

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    1. I do find the it looks good one day and not another aspect rather amazing/frustrating. Some days, I think it's just weight fluctuations. Other days, I think I've suddenly outgrown that style or had my eyes opened to how this does not actually look good on me or I've finally figured out the fitting issue but it's really up for grabs what the true answer is. How to figure it out... Oh GOSH... I don't think my over thinking mind should even go there.

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  2. So often I don't want to post the back view on my blog, but I try to force myself! It helps me be more honest, both with my blog readers (few though they may be!) and myself. You are so honest with yourself and with us, and I really admire that. I also admire how you can realize when it's time to step back and give yourself a break with a fun knit top.

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    1. Thank you. Most days I believe that sharing my journey is encouraging but some days I wonder if all I'm doing is discouraging readers. I'm glad to hear that my honesty is appreciated.

      I read an article the other day that said - among other things - that creative ideas often come while we're doing chores. Yes. Cleaning my closet this morning was a great choice. I've tried on all sorts of clothes, mostly sewn by me, that fit quite lovely, and it was a very encouraging. I do actually know how to sew - LOL.

      I also clicked through to your blog - A Sewing Life - and the dress is GORGEOUS. Way to go.

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  3. I second your grateful for central heat. I woke up to ice pellets pinging on the window and it's suppose to be like this until tonight.

    Back pictures always seem so boring. I like seeing them on blogs, they serve a purpose, but when picking pictures to post, it's not so eye catching. Also, some photographers (oh like my husband) are thinking about pretty pictures, not functional pictures. Unless I specifically remember to ask for a picture of my back, it's not going to happen.

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    1. Ouch - sorry about the ice pellets.

      Yes... backs are boring... unless you see a really great one and then it is incredibly encouraging... so... hmm... maybe I should only show my back view when it's really great. There's a thought.

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  4. It does get discouraging when you sew so many muslins with nothing wearable to show for it! I think that's one of the things that's slowing down my progress on the jeans fit. Even though I find pattern alterations fun, yes fun, I get tired of doing them day after day. I'm on the fourth set with alterations and I think I'm going to do the same as you and take a break and sew something wearable before I start again unless this is the magic muslin with the right fit!

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    1. The most discouraging thing for me is when I think this next one is going to be wearable and then it turns out all wrong. Typically, I've overlooked something - as seems to be the current case. Cleaning my closet let my mind work on resolving the issue more peacefully without all that tissue and muslin staring me in the face. I think I have the answer.

      I totally get what you mean about finding alterations fun. Me too. I enjoying seeing what happens when you do this or that. It's like a giant puzzle.

      Wishing you a magic muslin.

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