Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Fat Finger Crayons

Last time Jessica visited, she sewed a really cute pair of rompers for her son. This time, she worked on a bunting bag. Minus the legs and plus a zipper, it was a similar configuration and a good next step.




I love watching her sew. She has an attention to detail and an awareness of the fabric than many sewists don't have after years and years - like it's innate - plus the most graceful hand movements - perhaps from years of piano practice, perhaps innate as well.




Only she's quite picky. This should not surprise me from the girl who got upset with the fat finger crayons because she couldn't see the point clearly enough to color completely inside the lines. I thought she'd gotten over that - LOL. As she explains, she's an accountant. She likes things lined up and orderly. I thought the bunting bag was perfectly fabulous for a second project. She wants a neater edge around the neck and arms so we're adding a black binding.




Jessica brought along the clothes I sewed for her last month so we could fine tune the fit. The skirt was great although she'll need a smaller size next time. One top - Vogue 8691 - was way too short and needed more room through the bust so we ended up cutting across it and treating it like a muslin. Another - Vogue 8817 - needed the sides taken in 2" each. Next time, we'd eliminate the band across the front and we're not sure about the tunic length. I think she should try tights. She says definitely not. Skinny jeans then.




This top - Vogue 8323 - fit the best. When I drafted the pattern, I added 1/2" to the front waist at the side seam and at the princess seams for an additional 3" of ease and then took in the princess seams 1" each eliminating 4" of ease which basically means I can go back to how it was drafted with a bit more curve through the princess seams. We reshaped the neckline to be lower. I'll change that on the pattern. Next time, she'd prefer elbow length or short sleeves but she's willing to live with this length for now. The princess seam is armscye. We'd prefer shoulder so I'll adapt that for next time as well. Otherwise, it's pretty good and fits her well, especially through the back. I'll copy this armhole shape with a little more fine tuning.

She hated having these pictures taken. She's as self conscious in front of the camera as I am. We do it for the blog, to share and encourage.  LOL... well... actually... that's why I do it. She finally let me take her picture because I nagged her into it and said the blog would really like to see how the tops looked, please, please, please - VBG.

Jessica made an interesting observation. She said, I look better with more shape through the bust and some tummy showing rather than no shape and no tummy. YES YES YES - we can get so fixated on what we perceive as a flaw that we forget to show off our assets. Everything is in hiding, even the good stuff. Frankly, I think most people are encouraged to see someone looking gorgeous but not perfect - just like themselves - and are looking much higher up. They want to see our face.

Jessica has a lovely bust line, gorgeous skin, a beautiful smile, sparkling eyes, and a collection of statement necklaces that her mother would love to get her hands on - LOL - even if she isn't wearing one in this picture.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a good fitting basic to work forward from

13 comments:

  1. She looks awesome! It's great that one of the tops is wearable and all are leading you in good directions for the next version. Her observation (and yours) is very correct. Often lots of us get caught up in hiding the negative that we forget to accentuate the positive! And yes, people generally look at faces. I figure as a teacher of teenagers, no one is looking at me, much at all. I try to pull myself together (and do my best for awesome on my more tired days) for me. And my husband, who is a sweetie and always has a comment or compliment and asks if I've sewn something I'm wearing.
    Well, off to the races for part of the day. Lots of yucky cleaning and throwing yesterday (teachers are packrats!) so now I can unpack my things. I'm taking tomorrow "off" and staying home to sew a bit and catch my breath. I've a knit top percolating and want to get it cut out as well as two pairs of work pants finished (need the waistband and hem). Enjoy your visit with your family and thank you Jessica for allowing your picture to be taken. You look lovely.

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    1. I agree but then I'm biased. I think we should all dress more for ourselves than for other for the personal satisfaction and inner confidence perspective.

      Glad you're getting your classroom together. Hope it works the way you'd planned. Enjoy some home sewing.

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  2. Oh, Myrna...you sound sooooo happy! It just makes me smile.

    Jessica...thank you for the pics! Fun to see/hear how the fitting worked out.
    You are correct about no tights. (Your mother is nuts.) Skinny jeans are the way to go, IMO.

    I agree about having clothes more fitted. I finally realized, after many moons, that I look MUCH more put together and less like a bag lady if my clothes are fitted to my body, whatever shape it happens to be in today.
    No one cares about my imperfect body, they just care if I'm nice to them or not. :-)

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    1. LOL - Glad I sound happy. It's fun to have them visit and I know I'll enjoy the peace and quiet later as well.

      YES - fitted clothes, no matter the size, with lines and colors and textures and patterns that flatter are definitely the key to dressing. They make us feel SO MUCH BETTER.

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  3. Your daughter looks beautiful, and I really like her top! I feel self-conscious in front of the camera too, but it has been so helpful and encouraging to me to see other real people model their clothes that I want to be one of them too;) I am also trying to move away from hiding everything, but some days are better than others. Enjoy your daughter and grandson's visit!

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    1. She is. Me too. And that's how I feel as well. It is encouraging to see people just like yourself and not just pro-like model images.

      We're having fun. They're going home tomorrow morning. So soon.

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  4. Love those pics! And your daughter is so right about showing the body rather than hiding it away!

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    1. It's been fun having them here. They left this morning. It's 6:11 and I've already been up for over two hours and driven to the airport and back. I'm ready for another coffee - VBG.

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  5. Hello Gorgeous!! Thank you Jessica for letting us see these great pics of you wearing your mom's wonderful top :) i really understand avoiding the camera, i am naturally 'anti-photogenic' and hated looking at family pics, etc. of myself for decades. i really appreciate your setting those feeling aside so we can see how your ma's endeavours worked out - quite beautifully :) & that bunting is cute cute cute!!!

    Myrna, i think that Jessica's observation speaks to the goal of creating an harmonious whole with your physiques, faces, and outfits. In my experience, this intermeshes with all of your fit experiments....the trick is to find what parts of your figure you really like to have fit closely, then find designs which follow the body more closely along the same areas. You can then compare the pattern in this area to your own 'preferred fit' patterns and alter as you see fit. For me, once i 'got' this concept it made picking successful patterns so much easier! and i found that i had to make fewer alterations, too.

    i'm glad you had a good visit, and the sewing aspect sounds supreme :) I hope you have a great weekend!!! steph

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  6. oh, how could i forget - the violet in the first picture is just exquisite with Jessica's coloring......divine! steph

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  7. Bravo to Jessica for letting you take and post pictures. It took me a while to realize how helpful the camera could be. I've been working with a new sewing friend this year and she was doing the same thing, pointing out her "flaws" and trying to "conceal" them rather than emphasizing her many assets and great happy smile. I think several stylists and sewing instructors have done a good job of telling us that people see our general silouette first (which is why clothing that makes us look like girls aka with curves, is so generally flattering) but it's not easy to put that advice into practice. I envy jessica he precision, a sewing trait that I have only come to appreciate in my older years. Sounds like a nice visit for both of you. Hope it's a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Hello? Miss hearing from you. Hope all is well.

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  9. I'm generally just a lurker, but I've also been a little concerned about your unannounced absence this last week. I hope all is well with you and your family. There are many of us (known and unknown) who care much. We are thinking of you.

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