Monday, October 14, 2013

Elements Of My Element

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving and while we have many things to be grateful for, a long weekend is not one of them since Howard has had the strange luck of being scheduled to work on virtually every long weekend for the last year and a half since we moved to this house. Hopefully that will change at some point in the future. I spent much of the weekend curled up on the couch by the fire reading or in the studio stitching. I finished the Vogue 8886 dress... sort of.




It turned out to be a wonderful - basic - highly useful - pattern for all the reasons I've already listed - cup sizing, princess seams, curvy style lines, a center back seam, and three-quarter sleeves. It fits like a dream especially in this gorgeous sweater knit - soft and cozy - except...




... right after I'd finished the hems and was putting it back on Millicent to take the pictures, I found this hole at the neckline. I'm not sure how it happened because but luckily, the neckline is high and I have enough binding fabric to re-cut it lower and redo the binding. I'm debating if I'll go considerably lower or slightly when I get to it. Right now, I'm ignoring it - VBG.




The skirt to cardigan refashion has been tickling at my brain long enough that I've pulled out the fabrics. It's next on the list of things I want to do only this week seems just as busy as last week and a smaller project might be better... say...




... fingerless gloves. I bought these at one of my favourite dress shops - South of Pine - with the intent of developing a pattern and making copies as gifts for friends. That was last year and I haven't gotten around to it, mainly because I didn't have the right fabric. When I cleaned my closet, I put aside a purple wool sweater to be felted and then a friend gave me a long, full, black wool coat. Both are perfect. Tomorrow, my friend Patti is going to teach me how to felt using a felting machine as well as a hand felting tool and use that information to - attempt - to duplicate the gloves. They have a simple shape so hopefully it won't be too difficult.




Activities we love fill us with energy even when we are physically exhausted. Activities we don't like can drain us in minutes, even if we approach them at our physical peak of fitness. This is one of the keys to the Element, and one of the primary reasons why finding the Element is vital for every person. When people place themselves in situations that lead to their being in the zone, they tap into a primal source of energy. They are literally more alive because of it.
- page 93, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson

This posting refers to many activities I love - fitting a pattern, finding a pattern that flatters my figure type and matching it with a fabric that fits with my fashion personality, the challenge of refashioning, zero waste, learning new skills, copying RTW, sharing, writing, and developing patterns. These are elements of my element.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - I can fix the hole

15 comments:

  1. Oooh... if you develop a pattern for fingerless gloves would you mind sharing it? I have been wanting to make fingerless gloves forever (my hands are always freezing at work). Those look so cozy!

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    1. LOL - that was the other reason I bought them. I thought I might be able to sell a pattern or the gloves. I'll see if I can figure it out and we'll go from there.

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  2. I love your dress - with the change to the collar it seems quite different from the pattern. Perfect for the cool fall weather (and winter to come). Such a pain about that hole...however fixable, thank goodness! I love your quote about how activities that we love give us energy. I've felt that as I've sewn or created FIRST THING two out of three days this weekend. Your advice about doing it first really worked. Now I'm at the "can sit for 10 to 15 minutes" easily stage on a couple of projects. I've got some work things to see to today (which will be done first as they are essential for the school/work week). But I feel (for the first time in a while) energized on a Monday....some of it's a holiday, some of it's a relaxing weekend with time doing what I love (cooking/creating/sewing) some of it's FINALLY over my cold/flu thing.
    Have fun felting - I've done a few projects where you knit (which 100%wool) something GIANT and then felt it in the washing machine. Fun - but disconcerting as things are very large to start. Neat what you end up with. Haven't ever tried a felting machine.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. I'm glad you've been trying the me first thing approach. It's really quite valuable because it does exactly like - energize us. I'm glad also that you're feeling better. That makes a huge difference. I haven't tried the knit big and shrink to felt approach. I've had about two minutes experience felting with a hand held tool so everything I learn will be new and I may or may not enjoy it. We'll see.

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  3. I'm there with you, sistah! Late last night, too mentally exhausted after a day full of worship prep, actual worship, a Meet the Missionary meal after church being nice to strangers, and hashing out how to fix fitting problems on a blouse made with five different (sort of) coordinating fabrics, I flung myself on the sofa for some mindless watching of t.v. Half an hour later (at 11:30pm) I staggered back into the sewing room, unpicked the collar stand and re-set it 1/4" down the neck edge on blouse back, then basted it into place to machine stitch the next day. THEN I could sleep.

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    1. Too fun. A problem, a little reprieve to solve it, implement the solution, feel fabulous, sleep. How fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Ken Robinson sounds like an interesting man! I might have to track down his book(s).

    Love the dress, looks nice and cozy. How annoying about the hole!

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    1. I've read The Element once before and it's one of my keepers.

      The hole is annoying. As soon as I feel like measuring and stabilizing and doing it over, it'll be a great dress.

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  5. oh gosh, Marcy Tilton has a pattern that includes fingerless gloves, but I'll bet it's oop.

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    1. I'll check into the pattern. Thanks. The pair I have are quite simple so I think they should be relatively easy to copy but a pattern would be fun for research.

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  6. Your posts always make me reflect on my work...thanks! Now, about the fingerless gloves :-)

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    1. You're welcome. I'm looking forward to figuring out the gloves.

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  7. What a fun Myrna dress! Bummer a hole appeared. Somewhere I read that a hole in a sweater could be repaired. Hmm... I seem to think it had to do with making a patch out of cut up pieces for the sweater fabric (like from a seam in RTW) and a patch of sorts. I recall you need a something like fusible interfacing to make a patch on the wrong side, drop the pieces of sweater fabric onto the hole, sprinkle something like fray check (that's not it though), and iron it altogether with a pressing. Wish I could recall more, maybe there's a formula on Google. It might be a good temporary fix until you get to the re-do of the neckline. Or a bold necklace can just cover the hole and call it good. :-)
    Carrie

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    1. I think I know what you're describing and I think it'd be just as easy to fix the neckline. It's not hard to do; I just don't want to right now but I will. THANKS.

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  8. Lovely dress. Have you thought of pulling a thread from a remnant, threading it on a fine wool needle and fixing it by hand?

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.