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