Monday, November 18, 2013

The Finished Coat

On this date last year, I deleted the previous eight hundred posts and started over because I wanted the blog to go in a new direction. While I don't regret that decision, I'm not sure I've totally achieved my goal however, I do think I am making progress and this is good and that's life.

One thing I wanted was to be less personal, less vulnerable in public which for me is more easily said than done since I'm fairly emotional and believe that we learn so much from each other. To me, sharing is part of supporting and encouraging each other and even so... in this past year... my postings have become less emotional. I'll never be completely unemotional. It's just not me and as much as I admire them, it's unlikely this will ever be a sewing only blog. I'm okay with that and thankful to each of you who shares my creative journey.

There was a comment recently about how awful my header is. It made me laugh because I still like the attitude expressed in that image and - if you go back and read the starting over posting 800: Rip & Shred -  you'll see why I picked it. That said, it's probably time for a change and I'll do that as soon as I figure out what image will illustrate my goals going forward.




On Friday, I was supposed to clean house. I didn't. And I didn't clean on Saturday either. I spent those two days in the studio and finished up the coat. The bodice pattern is Butterick 5966 and the skirt is refashioned. It's a good thing that I was aware of the ugly stage because quite a few things went wrong and had to be redone. I'm glad I was moving slower and thinking carefully and that I made myself change what needed to be changed. I'll tell you tomorrow...




... what I did but, for today, I figured you'd waited long enough to see the finished coat so here it is. My neck looks a bit awkwardly cranked to the side in the front image but it shows the coat so well that that's the one you get AND see, my glasses match. Too fun! One take-away for me with this project is that this isn't my favourite style of coat. I prefer...




... a smoother transition from bodice to skirt without the horizontal line. Some ideas are tickling for working with this design above that I sewed in June. It's a compilation of patterns but primarily Vogue 8346. I'll let the ideas simmer for a bit as I have a few other projects to complete first... including the remake of my grandson's leather coat... which I cut out yesterday afternoon after...

... cleaning the studio closet. I've been doing just a little too much comfort fabric shopping lately and needed to move some boxes back under the stairs to clear space. Sigh. BUT... I have been focusing on acquiring a higher quality of fabric because that has been a huge awareness over the past few years - how quality fabric differs in drape and hand. The black and grey check used in the bodice and the lime and black fabric used in the Vogue coat were both a wool suiting and they are definitely superior to the other fabrics I've sewn with in the past.

AND... I sorted paperwork. We moved to this house in March 2012 and I hadn't yet sorted out the boxes of paperwork from prior to the move. Anyone who knows me gets a stunned look on their face when I tell them that. Yes... that's how stressful the last year and a half has been and I have no idea what's coming up. We have a critical appointment this week and no matter what the doctors say, it's not going to be good. The results will either be indicative of a diagnosis we'd rather not hear or not indicative and the search goes on. Waiting is very hard perhaps more so because I'm not the one who is sick. I'm the one who is clearing physical clutter and creating calming spaces because I function best in those environments and right now, I need whatever works.




SO... this morning... I really am cleaning house and then I'll go to Starbucks to journal and then work on the (faux) leather coat. I'm using the piece on the left in the above image. It's a rich burgundy black-brown. Since I'm sewing the coat over, due to the hole at the back of the sleeve with the previous one, I chose a different fabric and it's GORGEOUS. I'm debating zippered welt pockets instead of inseam zippers. It depends how adventurous I'm feeling - LOL.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the comfort of fabric

41 comments:

  1. Too funny...I *like* your header!
    And LOVE the coat. I know you don't like the horizontal line below the bodice, but I think it adds class. And a slimming effect somehow.

    I think when the bodice is more fitted, and the skirt fairly full, that if there isn't a defining line between them, the eye stops where the fullness begins. Oh oh. *That's* not what you want! :-)

    Perhaps the photos are deceiving, but look at both back views....the new coat appears to be more slimming, the eye skims down the body without stopping anywhere, and comes back up to your face, just where you want it.

    Can you tell I'm in love with the new coat??
    Wishing you both well this week.....

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    1. LOL - I'm glad you like the header and love the coat. I agree with you. The back view of this coat is more slimming than the fall from the hips aspect of the Vogue one. I'm debating how to carry that feeling over and get a downward slimming feel. Should be an interesting experiment when I have time.

      Thanks for the well wishes.

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  2. Wow this is amazingly done. I am in awe. I love all of the detail and how you just create things that are so YOU. Nice work.

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    1. Thank you. The details are what make it fun for me. I'm learning how to make them "me" because I lean toward the less is more way of being.

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  3. I love love your coat, Myrna! A masterpiece!

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    1. And VERY fun to do. The skirt I'm planning to sew is the Koos pattern you just did such an amazing job of. After seeing your version, I had an idea for that skirt in men's suiting. I might be out to lunch but I'll see how it works after my grandson's coat, after my son's pajamas.

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  4. Another fan of the coat! I really am in awe of how much detail, movement and fun you've put into this beautiful garment. I especially like the slightly folkloric feel of the darker bodice with the borders, and I agree with Mel: it's wonderfully flattering. Bravo!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad to hear that you see movement in it. That's definitely a concept I was working toward. YES YES ! ! ! I'm glad it's flattering. I wore it out for a test drive today and it received compliments. Always nice.

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  5. Oh, I have a blog layout suggestion, which of course you can feel free to take or leave as you please. I would love to see your photos display larger. Your work is so beautiful and I think you should show it more boldly. I know I can click on the photos to enlarge, but I still think having the inline photos display larger would be better. The header makes me smile.

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    1. I'll look in to that. I agree with you only someone more technical than me will be needed to figure out how to do that. I think - but I'll check - that I already have the settings for large pictures but perhaps I don't. I'll see what I can do. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    2. I figured it out. Hope that's better.

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  6. I'm with the others, Myrna. I think this new coat is amazingly flattering and wonderfully executed. The "empire" waist line helps the fullness of the bottom skim and flow perfectly. Watching this coat develop has given me a huge dose of inspiration!

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    1. How nice to hear that you were inspired by the process. I worry about dragging it on. Eventually we need gratification for the wait although I love sharing the details because I hope they're helpful. I'm thinking about a less obvious empire line and what that might look like and how it could be incorporated. Good to know it's flattering.

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  7. This has been so much fun to watch you create! The green was unexpected and welcome, as were the polka dots. And the fit is just right (of course!).

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    1. Muslins and T & Ts are fabulous for taking forward into creative garments because you know when you invest the time it's going to pay off with the fit you wanted. Just had to futz with the sleeves but that was it so not bad. Glad you found the process fun to watch and had some surprises too.

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  8. wow, this coat is just pure gorgeous!!!

    very very flattering, lots of detail but all in service of the overall design and of flattering you - body and soul. really, i would have to say that in my opinion this is really a leap forward in your work - integrating your flat fabric artwork with the demands of apparel to create not a mishmash but beautiful, flattering, individual piece. Brava!!! steph

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    1. LOL - thank you. I do think it took at step toward my goal of implementing my signature elements from wall art to fashion. It's something I want to keep working on.

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  9. Just a quick check in Myrna as I'm in the 'race' to Christmas break and semester end. I'll be thinking of you this week with the appointment upcoming. It's hard waiting. Be kind to yourself and take care.

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    1. Thank you. It is very hard waiting. A million thoughts run through your mind at the same time as you're entirely scattered. I'm almost hopeful for a diagnosis because it'll put a name to the issue and give it focus. But then again...

      Try to take care of yourself too. I know so many teachers who crash over the holidays because they're completely wrung out from the lead up. Remember to be nice to Jodie.

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  10. Love the new coat, shows your figure off much better. Is there much difference in the hem circumference between the two coats? The new coat looks to have about a quarter or third less than the previous one.

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    1. The skirt portion is based on the Burda 8213 trumpet skirt so it's shaped and goes inward at the "knee" level (which was shifted upward in this case) and then flares outward again. Seems that's a line for me to explore in coats as well as skirts. I'm not sure what the difference in hem circumference is. I checked the back of the patterns but both measurements aren't listed so when I have time, I'll compare them. I'd guess that you're right and this one is less.

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  11. Now that is one darn nice coat. Gorgeous.

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  12. Oooh, I think that coat is fun! And it fits well! And it's fancy and you're not going to see it coming and going. I did notice your "only sewing" blog is not only about sewing :-) Hey, I like the blogs where people write about how sewing and craft intersects with the rest of their lives. That's more fascinating, to me, than either on its own.

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    1. Thank you... thank you... and yes, I definitely won't run into myself although I am attracting a fair amount of attention. VERY fun. Glad you like the mix of sewing and life. Don't see how else I could do it, me being me and all.

      You're in my thoughts and prayers. I know you're going through some tough stuff of your own. HUGS.

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  13. Myrna,

    Wow!!! You've hit it out of the park! I love it - it looks like Myrna :-) ...will you make one for me??? the same but different, of course ;-)

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    1. LOL - thanks. The same but different - of course. I can't make it for you; I could talk you through it. What fun that would be.

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  14. Myrna, I didn't have time to read what everyone else posted, so some of this may be a duplicate. Your latest creation turned out beautifully! It is so creative and fun. No one who sews will be able to walk past you without noticing. And non-sewers will be a mixed bag on whether they notice. I looked at your other coat and I agree its shape works better for your shape, but... not hugely different, just different. Did you ever wish you were born in an era of long full skirts like the mid 1800's just so you could wear those dresses? :-) I've noticed you gravitate to modern versions of long skirts.

    Your comment on the reader not liking your banner picture... I have to agree with her. It's bugged me each time I looked at it, BUT I never commented on it before because I don't need to look at it and you want positive comments (which I can totally understand!) I am only bothered by it because of the unladylike pose. The model and dress are beautiful, and I know the dress represents a creativity that is you. I will be looking forward to seeing what you pick next.

    You have so much on your mind with the health concerns and scary answers looming. I'll be praying for you and thinking about you guys. Do keep us posted.
    Carrie

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    1. No, the 1800's would not be my era, not even for my dresses. I'm happy with now. I prefer long skirts in summer and shorter ones in winter with tights. Softness, drape, and gives me some shape are more my criteria.

      With the banner, it's actually the model's attitude that I like.

      Thanks for your prayers. They're appreciated.

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  15. Myrna, your coat is beautiful. I enjoy your blog so much. I'm a fairly new reader but follow you now faithfully through BlogLovin'. I appreciate when you share both your failures, your successes as well as your life and your thought process. Being a new reader, for a while I assumed that the model in the blog header was you! I was so impressed that you were so gorgeous and you could sew! I finally figured it out, but I thought it would give you a laugh.
    Pugs and kisses,
    Nancy

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    1. LOL - oh that I was that beautiful. Thanks. I've always wanted to have a really professional make-over to see what I could look like with skilled help and I'd love to take a modeling class so I'd feel more comfortable posing for pictures. One day. Maybe. For now.... I can sew and this is good. Thanks for sharing my journey.

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  16. Your new coat is lovely!

    I'm sending good thoughts your way. It's tough when someone you love is facing bad news no matter what the results of the tests. But at least a diagnosis puts a "face" on what the problem is, unlike the answer of "well, we think we know what it's not". At least that's my thought today. Tomorrow I may say knowing what is not the cause is better.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. I go back and forth between what I want to hear and what I don't and yet, I think not knowing is the worst though. At least when you know what you're dealing with, you can make plans.

      Thanks for the compliment on the coat.

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  17. That coat is gorgeous and it looks very very nice on you!!! I can't wait for you to make the KOOS skirt!!!

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    1. Thank you. I should get to the skirt in a few weeks. I'm looking forward to it and VERY thankful that Shams outlined how to shorten it because I'm going to need to.

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  18. Such a wonderful coat! Beautiful and flattering and art-ful. You seemed to have moved to a whole new level. Inspiring! Elle

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    1. Thank you. It doesn't feel like a whole new level. It feels like finally connecting the dots between my wall art and fashion although I'm not sure if it's sustainable in a garment to garment way. Actually, I don't think it is at all nor should be. I think that some garments are meant to be more supportive and others to shine.

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  19. I'm joining a long list of fans of your new coat design. Bravo! And also sending you good wishes for tackling the challenges in life.

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad that you and many others enjoy the coat. Not every piece can be a winner but this one feels like it came together lovely and that's always nice.

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