Back in September, I started thinking about my creative goals for 2014 and rather than share them right away, chose to let them sit and develop and all was going well until last week when my thoughts suddenly took an unexpected turn. And now... I'm once again letting the goals sit and develop while debating whether I should share the not quite developed concept in order to get feedback however... while I'm thinking about that... here are a few starts I went back to the second hand store for.
When thinking about what I might want to do, one thing I know for sure is how much I enjoy the challenge of refashioning garments and of not knowing the end at the beginning. That not knowing is something I want more of and when I couldn't stop thinking about the dress at the end of this posting, I went back to the store for it... and a few more garments followed me home - LOL.
Not all of these are in my size and that's okay. I let go of "it" fitting me a few months ago to enjoy the creative journey and that seems to have been a wise decision. It allows me to instead concentrate on choosing garments of a higher quality with refashioning potential and on the process of refashioning them with the sometimes happy bonus of a garment to wear. That may not last but it works for now.
This is a 100% cotton sweater in a rather dull taupe color. It's neat, crisp, and well constructed and has no flaws, stains, or areas where it's pulled out of shape. I'm contemplating overdyeing to begin with. This was the least expensive piece at $3.98. The buttons alone would cost that.
I mentioned this skirt in Friday's posting. When I went back to the store, it was $4.98 rather than the $7.98 I'd remembered which was slightly more reasonable. I cut it apart and washed the fabric. It's a wool/silk blend that even on a cold setting, felted somewhat. It'll need to become part of another piece.
This piece is a cashmere silk blend which is a lovely combination of fibers only the garment has not been well maintained and has a hole center front near the hem and another on the right collar near the ribbing. It was $4.98 which made me angry. Many people shop second hand not because they have the skills to refashion something but because that's all they can afford. $4.98 for what is basically a rag is ridiculous.
This piece is petite sizing so it's short and tight on me but it's that fabulous viscose, polyamide, spandex blend that has never ending longevity and a great weight. I love this shade of lime especially with black. For $4.98, I'll see if I can get it to fit me somehow.
This is the dress I actually went back for. It's $5.98, a Naomi brand, 40% silk, 20% acrylic, 15% ramie, and 15% angora dress which has no angora left after I washed it in the machine. The good news is that the stain on the back came out. The bad news is that a hole showed up but I think it's reasonably positioned so that I can work around it and - if not - as I told my friend today - a "mistake" presents a wonderful challenge to come up with answers. Sometimes, a mistake is exactly what we need.
One thing I really needed was to do something. It's been a rough week, the paralyzing kind where starting is difficult so I - finally - made myself go into the studio yesterday and trace the top from the Vogue 2971 pattern. With the skirt, I went down four sizes based on the amount of ease and could have gone down more. With the top, I went down two sizes based on the fabric's stretch factor. I'm treating this version as a wearable muslin as I'm not sure about tying it around the waist like that however...
... I was intrigued to note that the sleeve has a high cap and that the back is narrow and the back armhole is more L than J shaped. All of these work well for my figure. The only changes I had to make were a 5/16" narrow chest adjustment and 3/8" length adjustment above the waist. That was it. Now to sew. I'm busy most of today so it's a good thing I have until Friday to finish. I want to wear it with the skirt to my creativity group's get together.
Talk soon - Myrna
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