Before I left for the Design Outside The Lines workshop, I was experiencing all kinds of synchronicity... that disappeared... about the time I started picking up the idea of creativity as a career again. Oh how I wish I could put that one down and leave it down BUT... it's the thing that tickles so I'm just going to learn to live with the tickles because now that I'm back on the resting track, synchronicity is happening again. This seems a positive sign.
After visiting me, Barb planned to take the bus and meet up with a friend in Penticton. Since there was a store nearby that I wanted to visit, I offered to drive her. It's a three and a half hour trip one way so I asked my friend Sharon to come along. We planned to drop Barb off and meander our way back to celebrate Sharon's birthday. When I told Barb the name of the shop I wanted to go to, she laughed. It turned out that she'd rented the loft upstairs.
Along with other RTW garments, the store sells linen clothing that is designed and sewn by the owner and her assistant. I'm not giving the name of the store because she's not set up to sell yardage but did allow me into the workroom... where I wanted to stay... and talk longer. She - Diane - has developed a fascinating business and seemed to really enjoy both the technical sewing and the creative design work. When I suggested coming back for a play date, she seemed open to the idea. I hope so. I bought two yards of the embroidered Italian linen above and a remnant of white Italian linen for $25.00 total and she gave me - how nice is that - a skirt prototype made from stressed linen and a rayon remnant.
Sharon forgot the charger for her phone which was completely out of power and since she'd promised work that she'd be available, we stopped at a phone store to get one and right next door was Esteem Lingerie - an amazing store full of beautiful lingerie. The owner - Florenda - started her business by sewing custom bras and was thrilled to talk to two women who knew how to sew bras. We traded links, information, and business cards and she encouraged us to keep in touch. I definitely will. She was a wealth of information and someone I could ask for advice in my own bra sewing journey. Sharon bought the Panache 6951 bra above and has already pin pricked a pattern. It fits her wonderfully.
We were celebrating Sharon's birthday only she'd given me some money for my birthday in June that I hadn't spent on anything specific yet. We stopped at Opus - an art supply store - to pick up some textile medium and next door was a garden shop - supposedly - only it was chock full of gorgeous jewelry. This piece was seven cents more than the money Sharon had given me. Perfect. I wore it all day yesterday and got lots of compliments.
The dress I'm working on is Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8876 - slowly - to enjoy the motions. I am having SO MUCH FUN. Right from the beginning I decided to not worry about fit and trust the process I'd used to make alterations - except - I was going to allow myself to pin fit the side seams and check the hem only when I got to that stage, Barb was still here so I had her check it for me away from the mirror. She said, it's really cute and very flattering. I'm good with that. I'll try it on next when it's finished.
The fabrics are a black faux seersucker and a black/grey/purple rayon plaid. The black I bought for $2.00 a meter in the bargain center late last year and the plaid was a remnant picked up while down at Sew Expo in Puyallup earlier this year.
The seams are detailed with a flange of the plaid cut on the bias and top stitching using Sulky Ultra Twist thread in a purple black combination. I was worried I'd run out but it seems like I'll have enough for the hem bands and sleeves. That's the stage I'm at now.
I've finished the collar. Instead of following the instructions, I created a casing from a bias strip of plaid and a tie cord from another. The collar is sewn in...
... three layers - two of the black and one of the plaid. On the black layers, I serged the edges and then zigzagged over them with the Sulky thread. The plaid is really soft and somewhat stretchy and all the edges didn't line up as well as I'd like so I measured the casing from the collar seam instead of from the collar curve which gives me options for folding down the collar or ruffling it up.
Howard and I went on a picnic yesterday to a provincial campground about forty-five minutes away. We'd like to start camping again and are discussing our options - not a tent - so we walked around to see what was in use only there weren't that many people camping. In the first 25 campsites, only six were full which is a 24% occupancy rate. That's EXTREMELY low for this time of year and especially for three o'clock in the afternoon. Normally, it'd be full to overflowing which seems another economic indicator. All very interesting. Our drive on Saturday was not busy either and we should have had difficulty making it through one of the cities.
Sunday morning, I had breakfast with a friend. We talked about a possible career change for her and about options for me. She laughed when I said I was working really hard at resting which does seem ridiculous and even so, I am.
I didn't do any sewing on the weekend. This morning, I have two appointments and need to finish getting Kyle's room cleaned up ready for him to come home. I imagine he's going to enjoy a clean and private space after ten days living with other people and doing street missions. I'm hoping to finish the dress by tomorrow. There's not a lot left to do but I'm not rushing so we'll see. Early Wednesday, I'm leaving to visit my daughter and her family in Calgary - back the following Monday. I have plans for Friday night, Saturday day, and Sunday morning but may be available for coffee if you're in the area. Email and let me know along with your phone number.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a fun weekend. I've been having a lot of conversations with couples and individuals in my age range and fun seems to be a missing - and critical - factor in many lives, the lack of which is causing a lot of stress for a lot of people. That seems something to pay attention to.