Last week was ugly. I was crabby, tired, and completely unsociable, exhausted from dealing with some same old, same old - familiar but unwelcome - demons. I cancelled all my appointments, slept in, moved slow, and sewed what I want to. That part was fun.
We all have "stuff". It's a part of life. We can't avoid it although some stuff is better than other stuff and while I'm quite aware that we have to act as opposed to react and that we should choose our direction, walk our path, and all that other "self help" lingo, it's not always as easy as it sounds. Especially when it involves other people. Especially when the answer we want is not the answer we can have SO...for my part... I opted for...
... a week of wallowing. Between a few good cries and some major pity partying, I worked on several versions of the Simplicity 2745 little girl twirl coat. To balance. So it wasn't all ugly. I've been working with this pattern off and on for a few years and my versions have come so far from the original that I'm not sure if I should keep referencing the pattern or not... but it's terribly cute.
I see this pattern as a blank canvas. The fact that it won't fit me - or anyone I know - means there are no expectations. It's all pure fun. I can fill in the details in any way that appeals. It's great for stretching my creative clothing muscles and for using up left over and recycled fabrics.
This one is sewn from denim remnants left over from playing with the raglan sleeve blouse that I eventually finished and sent to my friend Caroline. I'd cut the front three times and the back twice so I unpicked the darts and evolved the sections.
The denim is combined with check scraps from the Marcy Pants and some hand painted cotton from my play date with Patti a few weeks back. There was just enough yardage for the front band, collar, and back detail.
I don't have a lot of experience creating hand painted fabrics and perhaps you don't need too much because once it was cut up and placed into a garment, the piece looked a whole lot more impressive than it did flat.
The buttons are a smoky green. Originally, I was aiming for lime but the lime ones just didn't look as good as these ones did so I made another coat... in lime... and black... with recycled fabric from the Lynn Mizono jacket that wasn't. Tomorrow.
Talk soon - Myrna
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