Monday, June 3, 2013

A Compilation Of Many Patterns

Between now and leaving for Oregon on the 15th, there's a mile long list of things to be done and - for whatever reason - the last few days have moved so slow that they're practically going backwards. Everything is taking much longer than intended. It seems that my expectation eyes are too big for my to do list tummy. Oh well. First things first and what doesn't get done, doesn't get done. That's the best I can do.




I came home yesterday morning to find this painting and a card in the wicker chair on my front porch. The artist is the daughter of a good friend so I knew immediately who it was from. I wish I'd been home when she came by because my friend lives out of town only her voice mail said she wouldn't have had time to chat and she'll see me next weekend. Perfect. The painting is for my birthday - today - and is of the two of us chatting over coffee. LOVE - LOVE - LOVE. It definitely needs wall space in the studio.

Last week, Marcy & Diane sent some instructions for prepping for the workshop that included a design assignment. I typically spend my birthday working on something for myself and I'd already been thinking about sewing a sweater coat for my trip so I'm tripling up a day in the studio, with a coat for the trip, with the assignment. It won't all get done today but I'll make a good start.




The coat is a compilation of many patterns. The skirt is from Vogue 8346 - the mid calf length shown center bottom. I wanted it to be long enough to wear over skirts and still look good with pants only... since I'm short on time... 




... I used the bodice from this pattern - Vogue 8714 - because it comes with cup sizing and I didn't want to spend time fitting a bust plus...



 ... it worked with the front shaping and collar from OOP Butterick 5393 - view D in turquoise. I wanted a long sleeve so I traced this one with the cap from Vogue 8714. It should work but if it doesn't, I can cut another one. I have LOTS of fabric. It was...




... bought last fall in the bargain center for $2.00 a meter. The coat takes six. The check side is very bright so I'm using the black side with the lime dots otherwise the coat would be wearing me.




The lime/black fabric is a wool blend but it's thin and wouldn't be warm enough on its own so I'm planning to use this black knit for a lining. It's very stable with a mock rib and has a shiny smooth surface that should work well as a lining. It'll be warmer but not too warm. I want the coat for spring and fall which is why I added the collar. We get a lot of wind at those times of the year.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - Howard is home safe from Guatemala

28 comments:

  1. Myrna- I've been reading your blog for a year and appreciate all that you share. I live in Oregon and would love to visit with you while you're here. Is that a possibility? My email address is Brendamarksstudio at yahoo dot com

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  2. Happy Birthday, Myrna! I don't comment very often, but read every post and enjoy hearing about your processes in sewing and thinking about life. I hope this year is one filled with many blessings.

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    1. Thanks Lorrie. I'll take those blessings... many... sounds good.

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  3. Happy Birthday! May your year be filled with creativity and love.

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    1. Thank you. Things feel like they've been getting more creative lately and definitely life this birthday is much calmer than last year. I like that trend.

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  4. Happy Birthday Myrna! Hope That You.are Having A Great Day, And A YeaR Of Much Happiness And blessings :)

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    1. Thanks Far. Thanks also for reading my blog. I have a few different readers that I keep in mind when I'm writing as representative of the audience. You're one of them and knowing that you're reading helps me to simplify and make understandable - I hope. I definitely want to be encouraging to beginners and spread the sewing love.

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    2. Awww... Thanks Myrna. I Love Sewing And I Enjoy Reading Your Reflections AndThe Thought Process That You Share With Us readers. I Dont Always Comment, It's A Nightmare Typing From The Mobile Phone (Just Look At My Screwy Fonts!), But I Always Read Your Blog And Learn Something New All The Time :) Glad To Know U Had A Nice Birthday, hubby's Safely Home, ANd Enjoy Your Workshop!

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    3. LOL - you're welcome. It's something - having a visual of the audience - that I learned when I first starting writing and a trick/method/tool/whatever we call it that I've used for all my books and workshops. It's almost like character building for a fiction novel. Very helpful.

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    4. I Used To Coordinate Workshops (I Dont RunSessions, Just Organize Logistics) And Had This Mentor (Who Runs Most Of Our Wshops) Who Said The Same Thing Re Understanding The Target Audience, And Then To Tailor The Module Or Rather HOwAnd What YouImpart Of That module Accordingly. :) I Learnt A Lot From Her Back Then...
      Anyways, It Is Not always Easy To Know All Of Your Audience In Such A Setup As A blogosphere, But I Think As Long As You Share What U Want To Share, There Will Be People Like Me Who Stumble Upon It And WouLd FInd Even A SpecK Of Relevance In TherE.. :)

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  5. Happy birthday Myrna! Here's to a wonderful year-- Elle

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  6. Happy birthday! I always enjoy your blog and wish you the very best.

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    1. Thanks for the wishes and the encouragement. Much appreciated.

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  7. Happy Birthday, Myrna! I feel like you are a delightful, dear (online) friend, and I very much appreciate you!! Beckye

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    1. Thanks so much. That makes me feel all mushy, loved, appreciated, warm inside. A good feeling.

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  8. Happy Birthday, Myrna - hope you're having a great day :-)

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    1. Thanks. I am. The coat is coming together wonderfully. Made a switch on the lining choice and it's way too fun. Details tomorrow.

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  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MYRNA!!!!!!!

    oh, my stars and garters - i'd completely forgotten that you're off to DOL! I don't know if that's supposed to be part of the 'official' birthday festivities, but how awesome that it's all along the same time frame there :) heehee, i'm more excited thinking about the time you'll have up there than if i was going myself !

    Can't wait to see that lime/black on you - it'll sparkle with your colouring, plus how yummy with all those wonderful purples and plums you wear. Have a great day and tell Howard 'hello from the blog gals!' steph

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    1. LOL - thanks Steph.

      I've had a tradition of doing something for myself on my birthday since I was eighteen and had a job where part of our contract was getting your birthday off. Seemed like such a good idea. Sewing the coat today is the "official" part plus I need to do some paper work for DOL. Perhaps it's my gift to myself. I grew so much last year and in-between. I'm really looking forward to it.

      The coat - FABULOUS.

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  10. Happy birthday Myrna! I hope you've enjoyed the day so far.

    I remember the fabric that you're using for the coat. If I found something like it for the same price I would have snatched it up myself! Love the colors and can't wait to see it finished.

    It's good to see that Howard is home safe and there for your birthday.

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    1. I have enjoyed the day so far. All three of my children phoned, one totally shocking me. It's not his nature so extra special that he took the time. They'll all be home for dinner on Sunday. I'm looking forward to that.

      If I run across more of this fabric in another bargain center, I'll buy it up. It's wonderful to work with.

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  11. Happy birthday, Myrna!!! I hope you are having a fabulous day and fun filled year(s) ahead!!!

    Love and hugs!!!

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    1. Thanks. It's been a wonderful day.

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  12. Belated Happy Birthday Myrna (not sure of the time difference from here)
    Hope you had a good day. Sue

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    1. Thank you. It was a lovely day.

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