Friday, August 9, 2013

Chest, Shoulder, And Armhole Shapes

We started yesterday with a leisurely breakfast at one of my favourite restaurants - conveniently close to Fabricland - and then went shopping. Caroline lives in Northern Canada... way up north... 2,100 miles north of me. Right now, there are two quilt shops but no fashion fabric stores so she stocks up when she's down south. Always fun.




We shopped and then we sewed. I've made a good start on the Vogue 1333 skirt. The overlay is conditionally finished. The edges are hemmed and the top and bottom pleats are sewn to follow the markings on the pattern. The middle pleat would not lay correctly and is causing a weird bend. I'm leaving it for now. Once the rest of the skirt is finished and I can see how it should hang, I'll figure out what needs to change. Since the pleat is stitched in the middle of the overlay and the stitch lines don't connect to any seams, it's easy enough to redistribute the fold. I haven't pressed them yet for that reason.




The back and front pieces are cut on fold. There are two cutting lines along the hem. The shorter one is for the left side. You cut out the full piece and then trim away one layer - the left one - to the second hem line. I could just see myself cutting off the wrong side and having mismatched angles so instead I'm going to play with another tuck of that side. I can insert that after the fact as well.




The fabric drapes nicely and smells and acts like a cotton linen blend. It presses beautifully. I have a thing about pressing and love fabrics that press neat and crisp. On the right side, you can barely see the seam. When I bought the fabric a few months ago, it was labeled unknown fibres which really seems ridiculous for a fabric store but since I'm so used to buying in the unlabeled bargain center, it was fairly normal for me. After I'd washed it, I wanted more only it was sold out by then. GORGEOUS.

Caroline is working on a blouse and once again, I am able to share the learning I've done over the last few months about chest, shoulder, and armhole shapes. I love that. It's fun to learn and it's fun to share.

We're going to sew for most of today, go out for dinner tonight, and tomorrow afternoon she's heading home... already. The guys aren't back until late Sunday and Avery is visiting relatives in another city so I'll have about 24 hours of alone-ness. And this is good. I'm looking forward to that too.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - morning coffee

19 comments:

  1. This is going to be really pretty! I want to try this pattern sometime, after I have altered it for petite. I suspect that the style won't translate well for a very short woman.

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    1. It is really pretty. A fabric with drape is really important. The overlay is over a basic A-line skirt. You might fit that first and see what you think. Next time, I'd eliminate the elastic waist and sew a more fitted skirt - possibly even a pencil skirt. There's more volume than I'm used to in this one. Once you had the skirt part the way you wanted it, the overlay is pinned into the waistband. You could size it and then adjust the pleats to what looks good on your figure. The layout is designed for a specific waist and hip size. Mine varies so I needed to adjust the pleats myself. Definitely worth trying.

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    2. Thanks for the help-I actually bought some fabric last month with this skirt in mind. I have a vision of myself walking through the desert with this skirt in fall colors. Of course, the reality is that in the winter, the desert is freakin' cold and I'll have a parka over the darn skirt. :-)

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    3. Your welcome. LOL - you could sew a lovely cropped jacket for that desert walk.

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  2. This post makes me want to get into my sewing room right away. As I was suffering from lost mojo, I greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you!

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    1. You're welcome. I'm glad. Welcome back mojo.

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  3. Makes me think again about your question about friendship. This is one answer isn't it? Elle

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    1. I've been trying to figure out which specific question you're referring to ? ? ?

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    2. Your question marks had me chuckling. I guess your pondering--back on July 11 (!) as I unearthed scrolling back--stuck with me! Your Q was about how we define friendship and how we judge the closeness of a friendship. Todays post about your day with Caroline seemed to describe the essence of a certain kind of friendship. Elle

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    3. Oh... THAT question.... yes. We've been friends for 35 years and a big part of that is accepting each other as we are and having a passion in common. At times, the passion has been the glue as we both deal with the ups and downs of life.

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  4. 2100 kilometers straight up and 2 quilt shops but no fashion fabric shops? Your friend must live in Yellowknife. But she has 2 more fabric shops than I do right now :) Amazing how much you miss just being able to handle fabric and talk about sewing with people. Ah well, I will be back south again someday.
    Joyce in Fort Smith, NT

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    1. LOL - yes, she does and she immediately wondered where you lived that you knew that. Too fun. South where?

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    2. I have a husband, a house and a dog in cranbrook bc, but a job I enjoy here. Hubby's family all live in Vernon, while my brothers live in Falkland BC, between kamloops & Vernon on highway 97, so I get my BC fix reading your blog as well as enjoying your sewing adventures ;-)

      Joyce

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    3. I love Cranbrook. It's such a beautiful area. I taught there on two separate occasions and wee looked at moving there quite a few years ago but it never worked out. I drive past Falkland and to Vernon frequently. I'll try to mention it more often so you can have your "fix". If you're down this way, please contact me. It'd be fun to get together.

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  5. Thank you for blogging about your journey with this pattern Myrna - love your blog and you just seem to answer my questions before I even knew I wanted to ask them!!! Can relate to fabric shop discussion as we have 1 quilt fabric but no dress fabric shops near us.

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    1. You're welcome. I'm glad I can help.

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  6. Myrna...I have the same pattern...no fabric picked out for it yet. My question is where you talk about the middle pleat not laying right and causing a weird bend. Do you mean where it bends out a little from the middle pleat to the bottom? I kept looking from the pattern overlay drawing to yours...it looks the same...like I think maybe that weird bend is suppose to be there???

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    1. It's highly possible the bend is supposed to be there but it is rather weird and did you notice that the model on the cover has her hand over them? The way the pleats will fall will depend on the angle of each person's hips and the difference between their hip and waist measurements. I didn't like it sticking out that way so I adjusted the middle pleat and then I adjusted the lower pleat making both of them less deep in the middle so they'd lay closer to the body.

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    2. Oh funny!...no I hadn't noticed her hand over them. I won't like them sticking out ether, so I'll make them less deep like you did. I'm sure glad you are making yours now! Your fabric is pretty...I'm anxious to see it when you get done.

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